More than 60 aerospace companies from Russia are displaying their latest flying achievements at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Flying Display near London. The Farnborough Display, held since 1932, has rightfully earned the reputation of being the most prestigious air show, and it is a major highlight of the year in the aerospace industry. According to tradition, the design and technology innovations seen at Farnborough set the image for the new-generation in the aerospace industry. As usual, the Russian display presents a whole gamut of modern aircraft, air defence, space, civilian, and dual-use products and services. Constituting the bulk of Russia’s aviation exports are Sukhoi aircraft, which occupy a central place at Farnborough-2008.
Ruslan Pukhov is the Director of the Strategy and Technology Centre, and he said, “Yesterday saw a presentation of the Sukhoi Su-35 multi-purpose jet, and the Sukhoi manufacturers are pushing ahead with the Superjet-100 model, a small-capacity plane, about 100 seats, which is to replace the Tupolev Tu-134. Superjet-100 is expected to compete with the most famous brands of the type on the world market. What is particularly intriguing is that it is a fifth-generation aircraft. Until recently, all information about it was classified. Meanwhile, the maiden flight [of the production version] is to take place at the end of next year. The new model, designed in close cooperation with India, will hopefully capture 35 to 40 percent of the market”. International cooperation is crucial in development in the aerospace industry. More than 30 major aircraft producers are involved in the Sukhoi Superjet-100 project.
14 July 2008
Voice of Russia World Service