mercoledì 17 agosto 2011

Le notizie che leggo solo io: 10th MAKS air show

10th MAKS air show opened this Tuesday near Moscow to showcase Russia’s state-of-the-art military and civil planes, as well as space aircraft. The show hosts about 800 companies, two thirds of which are Russia’s own. Among international participants are Boeing and Aibus. The aerobatic teams Russian Knights and Swifts will use five Su-27 and four MIG-29 jets to show the barrel-roll together for the first time ever. Maria Sapozhnikova, Voice of Russia’s correspondent, says the show is expected to bring about lots of deals, though it’s mainly Russian companies that will be after the exhibited aircraft.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will on Wednesday attend the six-day air show MAKS-2011 that opened in the Moscow Region town of Zhukovsky on Tuesday, the government press service reported.

Today the guests of and participants in this year’s MAKS international air show, which is under way at Zhukovsky, near Moscow, will be able to see the flight of the Russian fifth-generation jet fighter PAK FA (T-50). The fighter is scheduled to be passed into service as early as in 2016.

Putin will speak to the show's participants and guests visit before being shown aviation and space products by both domestic and foreign manufacturers. A number of commercial contracts will be signed in his presence.

The general public in Russia will also see the new Boeing-787 Dreamliner for the first time. The building of the new Boeing involved Russian experts.

Still another first flight in Russia will be made by the Airbus A-380, - the world’s biggest airliner.

The 10th Moscow International Air Show (MAKS) opened Tuesday, with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev saying it would boost the country's aerospace industry.

MAKS 2011, at Zhukovsky airfield outside Moscow, has attracted more than 800 companies and organizations from 40 countries with some 200 aircraft.

According to the MAKS website, more than 100 Russian, French, Italian, Ukrainian and U.S. airplanes will offer at least 10 hours of aerobatic displays in six days.

On the opening day, Medvedev said the show would facilitate development of the national civilian and military aviation and space technologies.

He said it would "once again present the best products of domestic and foreign design bureaus to the professional community and numerous visitors."

"Hopefully, the vast business program of the show will spur on the exchange of advanced experience, broaden international cooperation and promote domestic high-tech products on external markets," the president was quoted by Itar-Tass news agency as saying.

One of the biggest highlights of the show is the debut of the first T-50 stealth fighters - the fifth-generation fighter that is viewed as a rival to the U.S. F-22 Raptor.

The T-50 is a multipurpose frontline fighter designed by Sukhoi bureau and built in Komsomolsk-on-Amur in the Russian Far East. The plane made its maiden test flight in January 2010.

Russian Air Force Commander Alexander Zelin told reporters at the opening of the show the air force would be equipped with trial samples of the fighter in 2013, and they would enter active service in 2014-2015.

Konstantin Makienko, an expert in the Moscow's Center for Strategy and Technology, told Xinhua: "Besides Russian Air Forces, the T-50 is a hot buy for all the countries which use SU-27 fighters, with India in the first place."

Makienko said he expected no contracts for the fighter to be inked at the show but clients were already lining up.

Boris Rybak, CEO of the Infomost aviation consulting company, told Xinhua that MAKS was always a powerful marketing tool, and deals worth more than 20 billion U.S. dollars were expected this year.

Rybak said the commercial aviation sector at the show had been even more impressive than the military one.

"New military aircraft like T-50 are on the relatively early stage of designing, while the civilian planes, like Boeing's jumbo-jet DreamLiner, the Airbus' A380 or the Sukhoi's SuperJet, have already been available in the market," he said.

The state-owned United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) projected Tuesday that it would sell some 100 of Sukhoi's SuperJets and MS-21 passenger jets during the show.

Transaero, one of Russia's leading airlines, said it had signed a memorandum with the European Airbus on the sidelines of the show to buy eight A320 passenger jets.

Russia's state-run arms exporter has lost a total of $4 billion over the cancellation of contracts with Libya, Rosoboronexport head Anatoly Isaikin said on Wednesday.
The figure includes losses of opportunity and foregone profits, he added.
Isaikin stressed that in accordance with international agreements, Russia is currently not supplying any arms to Libya.
Russia has joined the arms sanctions against Libya, suspending all contracts for the supply of military hardware to the country.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday gave his backing to a UN Security Council resolution which authorized international military action in Libya.
UN Resolution 1973, which Russia abstained from voting on in March, authorizes a no-fly zone over Libya and the use of "all necessary measures" to protect Libyan civilians.
Thousands of people have been killed since the uprising against Gaddafi's rule began in February.

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