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News saves a dull ILA '90. (ILA '90 Hannover Air Show, international cooperation agreement)

Hannover-The ILA '90 Hannover Air Show was saved from deadly dullness by a number of important announcements affecting engine manufacturers and the appearance of two modified Soviet aircraft, the hydrogen powered Tupolev Tu-155 and the testbed Ilyushin II-76, with one of its four conventional engines having been replaced by the new D-236 propfan.

The 6-day event at the Langenhagen Airport outside the old Saxon capital provided a forum for the announcement of a trilateral agreement between the Soviet Ministry of Aviation Industry, Motoren-und Turbinen-Union (MTU), a division of Deutsche Aerospace, and Pratt & Whitney of the U.S., as well as Pratt & Whitney Canada. The agreement specifies that the parties will cooperate on a wide range of small to medium-sized commercial-aircraft engines. The engine pact could signal Soviet participation in the development of Pratt/MTU engines, according to those involved.

The accord comes on the heels of a lawsuit by rival GE over a proposed alliance of MTU and Pratt to produce large turbofan engines. …

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