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Russia secures multiple contracts at MAKS Airshow

08-22-2011 16:16 BJT

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Russia is showcasing its newest fighter jets and civilian aircraft at the MAKS air show, just outside Moscow. The show features Russia’s state-of-the art planes as well as the latest products by Boeing, Airbus and other international aircraft makers. More than 800 companies and organizations from 40 countries are participating.

At MAKS Airshow just outside Moscow, Russian pilots are queuing up to look at the latest Airbus – 380… while specialists from all over the world are getting first-hand impression of the newest Russian aircraft.

The center-piece of the Airshow was the first public flight of Russia’s newest stealth fighter, the fifth generation T-50 fighter jet, estimated to cost 6 billion dollars.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who watched the debut flight of the T-50, said that supporting aircraft manufacturers would be an "absolute strategic priority".

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said, "We are open to close co-operation with our partners. And this co-operation is developing in a rather active way. We are ready for alliances and joint ventures with leading manufacturers. Of course, for the sake of development, we need a powerful intellectual and technological centre. Therefore, we have decided to set up here, in Zhukovsky, a national centre for aircraft-making."

Russian airforce has mostly relied on the MiG-29s and Su-27s as the core of its fighter force since the mid-1980s but specialists say these planes are becoming obsolete. Passenger carriers Boeing, Airbus and other international aircraft makers also have sent their latest products, Dreamliner and A380, to the event, as they look for new orders from Russia's Aeroflot and other airlines.

Up to 10 million dollars worth of deals are expected to be signed a this airshow, with Russia set to be the biggest buyer, willing to spend some 3 billion dollars on combat and training aircraft alone”

?wo days after the show opened, Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation has already clinched 7.5 billion dollars in deals, including the supply of MC-21 passenger planes to Russian state-run company Rostekhnologyi as well as the delivery of the Sukhoi Superjet 100s to Indonesian and Russian air carriers. A total 174 passenger planes will be supplied.


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Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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