Author`s name Dmitry Sudakov

Russia stuns Farnborough 2008 with its aviation and space power

It is not the first time, when the Russian aviation surprises the world. Russia gradually becomes one of the leading countries at international airshows, which can be seen at the Farnborough Airshow.

Farnborough is the world’s largest international airshow, which takes place in Britain twice a year. It was held for the first time in 1948. In 2004, the show gathered 1,360 exhibitors from 32 countries. The amount of all contracts signed during the 2004 show was evaluated at $21 billion.

The 46th Farnborough International Airshow is held on July 14-20, 2008. About 1,500 companies from 35 countries of the world, including over 60 Russia’s leading enterprises, participate in the show.

The airshow was held on Farnborough Airfield for the first time in 1948. Russia takes part in the airshow since 1984.

The Russian exposition at Farnborough has been organized with respect to latest developments on the world market of aircraft engineering. It showcases the full range of up-to-date aircraft, helicopters, airborne armament, missile defense systems and so on.

The amount of global sales of military aircraft and helicopters makes up $25-27 billion a year. Russia enjoys a stable position on the world market of aircraft engineering and expands the circle of its partners. Russian aviation enterprises maintained business contacts with 60 foreign countries two years ago, whereas the number of partners in 2008 has increased to 80.

Russia’s Sukhoi and MiG jet fighters traditionally take the central position in the Russian exposition. Su-27/30 fighters have been exported to India, China, Venezuela, Indonesia and Malaysia, where they made the center of national air forces.

Sukhoi represents its 4+ generation aircraft Su-30MK2 and Su-27SKM, the Su-32 bomber, and the experimental Su-47 fighter with its stunning forward-swept wings.

MiG has brought its MiG-29 and MiG-35 aircraft to Farnborough 2008, the carrier-based MiG-29K and some others. Specialists evince great interest in the Yak-130 trainer aircraft, which can be used to train pilots for both domestic and foreign aircraft, such as Mirage 2000, F-15, F-16, Eurofighter Typhoon, F-22 and F-35.

Russian helicopters can also be found at Farnborough: battle choppers Mi-35, Mi-35P, Mi-35M, cargo choppers Mi-171 and Mi-17B-5 and the heavy transport helicopter Mi-26, the world’s most load-lifting helicopter.

Russian Kamov (Ka) helicopters are represented with Ka-60, Ka-31, the naval Ka-28, the rescue Ka-27PS and the two-seat modification of Ka-50, the famous Black Shark chopper.

Russia still remains one of the few countries in the world, which independently develops and makes the entire range of air defense technology. The uniqueness of design and technical solutions is a peculiar feature of Russian developments at this point. Russia has brought its renowned systems to Farnborough 2008: Buk-M2E, Tor-M2E and Pechora-2M.

The Buk-M2E is capable of attacking up to 24 targets at once, approaching from any direction at the heights from 15 meters to 25 kilometers.

Russia will unveil the new MANpad Threat Avoidance System DIRCM MANTA, which Russia developed in cooperation with Spain’s Indra Systems S.A. The cooperation resulted in the creation of a laser system capable of suppressing all types of infrared homing heads under multiple threats.

Vladimir Anokhin