Russian military aircraft in the sky again rushes


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For the first time in more than 20 years before the public gathered at the Moscow Air Show, will be shown the latest fifth-generation fighter T-50 design OKB. Sukhoi. The fact that Russia will demonstrate for the first time a completely new combat aircraft, says that the military aerospace industry of the country out of the protracted crisis, having gone through 20 years of protracted underfunding.

T-50 — the pearl of the Russian military aircraft industry.


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According to the Moscow-based Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST), for the period 1999-2010 Russia has exported more than 450 fighters Su-27/30 and 180 MiG-29, which helped to "dry" and Miguev stay afloat amid the lack of internal orders. "I am confident that our leading manufacturers of combat aircraft (" dry ", MiG and" Irkut ") have sufficient production capacity to meet both internal and external orders," said Ruslan Pukhov, director of CAST.

Going through the difficult 90 years, the scattered remnants of the aircraft industry are currently concentrated in the holding "United Aircraft Corporation". UAC could skonsolidirovat large state subsidies, restructured debts of enterprises and received new orders.


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The ultimate goal of the Russian military aircraft industry is to upgrade the Air Force fleet by 70% over the next decade, and at the same time continue to compete successfully in the global market.

"The threat of underfunding will prevent the fulfillment of this task, and we have yet to see how much faster the Russian aircraft industry will be able to move from the stage of prototypes and pre-production samples to the stage of full-scale production," says an expert on military aviation London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies, Barry Douglas (Barrie Douglas) .

Russian Defense Ministry is seeking to acquire up to 100 Su-35 fighters, 100 bombers Su-34, and 70 fifth-generation fighter T-50, 24 carrier-based fighter MiG-29K and up to 30 multi-role fighters Su-30MKI, adapted to the requirements of the Russian Air Force.


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Corporation "Russian Helicopters", which was formed in 2006, in 2010, produced 214 helicopters, and is expected in 2011 and 2012 respectively, will release 260 and 300 helicopters. In May, the company signed the first of the three long-term contracts for the supply of a total of about 1,000 helicopters for the Russian Air Force, including 220 drum Mi-28N and 40 Mi-35, 120 reconnaissance and strike the Ka-52, 26 heavy transport Mi-26 100 of training and EW Ka-60, Ka-20 light 226, 70 light training "ANSAT" and 500 transport helicopters Mi-8 series (data CAST).

Navy is expected to acquire 70 Ka-27M and Ka-29M, up to 30 Ka-52 and Ka-20, 226 for anti-submarine warfare, transportation, training and search and rescue purposes.


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Against this background, purchase of transport vehicles is in poor condition. Russian Air Force since 1992 have not received any new transport aircraft neglected maintaining production capacity and lost. After the collapse of USSR, the situation was aggravated by the loss of CB them. Antonov in Ukraine and the paralysis of Tashkent in Uzbekistan APO. The existing fleet of 300 aircraft is out of date and needs to be replaced. "A number of projects will be necessary to start from scratch, which requires additional investment in productive capacity and human resources, all of which makes the situation even more difficult," said aviation expert Maxim Pyadushkin.

Russia is expected to start mass production of a modernized version of the IL-76 under the symbol IL-476 in 2013-2014. The new aircraft will be equipped with the PS-90 and the new avionics, which will reduce the number of crew. In addition, after years of indifference Russia once again decided to participate in the development and production of Ukrainian vintoventilyatornogo transport aircraft An-70, as well as join the co-production of super-heavy transport aircraft An-124. Small-scale production of An-124 can begin in 2015-2016.


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The development program of the joint Russian-Indian medium-range transport aircraft MTA (Medium Transport Aircraft), designed to replace the An-12, is still at an early stage. At the same time, the Russian Defense Ministry stopped funding the development of a light transport aircraft Il-112, which was previously intended to replace the aircraft An-24/26.

Russian Air Force also seek to ensure the modernization of its small fleet of strategic aviation, and funds programs to create high-precision weapons to equip heavy bombers.

MAKS-2011 air show will be held August 16-21 in Zhukovsky near Moscow. To participate in the exhibition registered more than 600 companies, including 150 foreign.


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