Motor Sich

Ukrainian Aeroplane Engine Manufacturer
Joint Stock Company Motor Sich
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Central entrance to the Motor Sich plant
IndustryAerospace industry
Founded1907; 115 years ago (1907)
HeadquartersZaporizhzhia, Ukraine
Area served
ProductsAircraft engines, Turbojet engines
Increase UAH 3.3 billion (2015)[1]
Total assetsIncrease UAH 20.7 billion (2015)[1]
Number of employees
21,860 (December, 2010)[2]

The Motor Sich Joint Stock Company (Ukrainian: АТ «Мотор Січ») in Zaporizhzhia is one of the largest engine manufacturers for airplanes and helicopters worldwide. It manufactures engines for airplanes and helicopters, and also industrial marine gas turbines and installations.


Motor-Sich currently produces the Ivchenko Progress D-18 turbofan which powers variants of the Antonov An-124 and An-225 freighters, although the Ivchenko Progress D-36/Ivchenko Progress D-436 series remain the highest production-rate engines in the CIS.

Motor Sich inherited some of the former Soviet Union's aero engine manufacturing capabilities. It produces turbofan, turboprop and rotary-wing turboshaft engines that power aircraft in Russian service, such as Mi- and Ka-series military helicopters.[3]

In 2017 Beijing's Skyrizon Aviation purchased a 41% holding in Motor Sich. Skyrizon Aviation had agreed to first invest $250 million in the Ukrainian Zaporizhzhia plants and help Motor Sich to set up a new assembly and servicing plant in Chongqing.[4]

The company announced that it planned to launch its own helicopter, dubbed Hope, in 2018.[5]

Some individuals, including former counsel to the US Senate Foreign Relation Committee William C. Triplet have criticized Ukraine for allowing Motor Sich to conduct business with Chinese firms. Oleh Lyashko, a leader of one of Ukraine’s parties said if the USA does not want Motor Sich to be closer with the Chinese, then they need to buy enough aircraft engines.[6] Motor Sich severed ties with Russia in 2014, its biggest client, consequently put efforts to find new markets. In the administration of President Donald Trump, Washington added Skyrizon to a Military End-User (MEU) List. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy then signed a decree, imposing sanctions on Chinese, the company responded a $3.5 billion arbitration case.[7] On 11 March 2021, the Ukrainian government announced that it confirmed to nationalize Motor Sich and buy back shares from Chinese holders.[8] Oleksiy Danilov explained the government's decision is to "return Motor Sich to the Ukrainian people", "investors will be compensated" he added.[9]

In May 2021, Ukraine is in discussions with Turkey to sell the company, it was reported a 50% stake to a Turkish company since it became a major buyer of Turboshaft engines for its Bayraktar TB2 and Bayraktar Akinci drones, and TAI T929 ATAK 2 helicopter.[10][11] Director-General of Motor Sich, Vyacheslav Bohuslayev noted that a $100 million loan from China needs to be repaid in 2026.[12]

Among the company's new products is the MS-500V turboshaft engine, originally intended for the Russian Ansat helicopter.


  • Zaporizhzhia Engine Engineering Factory, Zaporizhzhia (destroyed by Russian Military groups in 2022[13])
  • Omelchenko Engineering Factory (1988), Zaporizhzhia
  • Snizhne Engineering Factory (1970), Snizhne
  • Volochysk Engineering Factory (1971), Volochysk
  • Motor Sich Airlines (1984)
  • Aleks TV (1995), local television company

In 2011 it acquired Orsha Engineering Factory, Orsha, Belarus.


  • Progress D-18T engine manufactured by Motor Sich

    Progress D-18T engine manufactured by Motor Sich

  • Progress D-436 engine manufactured by Motor Sich

    Progress D-436 engine manufactured by Motor Sich

  • Motor Sich MS-500V engine

    Motor Sich MS-500V engine

  • Ukrainian Modernization Mil Mi-8MSB-V

    Ukrainian Modernization Mil Mi-8MSB-V

  • Modernized Mil Mi-24P in Ukraine Army service

    Modernized Mil Mi-24P in Ukraine Army service

  • Progress AI-136T turboshaft for Mi-26

    Progress AI-136T turboshaft for Mi-26

See also


  1. ^ a b "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-02-13. Retrieved 2017-02-12.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Motor Sich JSC (31 December 2010). "Motor Sich Annual Report 2010" (PDF). Motor Sich JSC. Retrieved 12 July 2011.
  3. ^ "Oboronprom targets Ukrainian company as helicopter consolidation continues". Archived from the original on 2006-10-16.
  4. ^ Zhen, Liu (16 September 2017). "Chinese firm's stake in Ukraine military aircraft engine maker 'frozen'". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Motor Sich to start helicopter production in 2018".
  6. ^ Genin, Aaron (2018-08-23). "KIEV'S NEW PARTNER: A BETRAYAL OF U.S. INTERESTS". The California Review. Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  7. ^ "UPDATE 1-Ukraine president approves sanctions against China's Skyrizon". reuters. 2021-01-29. Retrieved 2022-04-25.
  8. ^ GDC (2021-07-15). "Ukraine To Nationalize Jet Engine Producer Motor Sich From Chinese Skyrizon". Global Defense Corp. Retrieved 2021-07-16.
  9. ^ "Ukraine Plans To Nationalize Jet Engine Producer Motor Sich From Chinese Investors". Radio Free Europe. Retrieved 2021-03-13.
  10. ^ SABAH, DAILY (2021-06-29). "Turkish Aerospace, Motor Sich ink deal for heavy-class helicopter engines". Daily Sabah. Retrieved 2021-07-16.
  11. ^ GDC (2021-05-06). "Ukraine may sell 50% stake in Motor Sich to Turkish firm". Global Defense Corp. Retrieved 2021-07-16.
  12. ^ "Director General of Motor Sich Vyacheslav Bohuslayev says that $100 million, which he borrowed, should be repaid to Chinese investors by 2026". ukrinform. Retrieved 2022-04-25.
  13. ^ "Russia Destroys Motor Sich Engine Plant In Zaporizhzhia". Zenger. 27 May 2022. Retrieved 25 June 2022.

External links

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