The total value of contracts for delivery of Sukhoi SuperJet 100 aircraft signed at MAKS-2015 airshow exceeded $1 billion



New contracts for delivery of Sukhoi SuperJet 100 (SSJ 100) aircraft signed at MAKS-2015 international airshow are valued at more than $1 billion, Interfax reports with reference to Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of Russian Federation Andrei Boginsky.

“A contract with Yamal Airlines alone is valued at $700 million. A total value of contracts for delivery of Sukhoi SuperJet 100 aircraft signed at the airshow is over $1 billion,” Boginsky said, answering a question about preliminary financial results of MAKS-2015.

According to him, representatives of Iran also showed interest in the aircraft at the airshow; the talks are in progress. Speaking of potential orders, Boginsky said that orders might be placed for “several tens” of SSJ100 liners. The Deputy Minister reminded that contract for deliveries of Sukhoi SuperJet 100 (SSJ 100) to China via a joint leasing company is being prepared. He thinks that about 100 jets of the type may be delivered to China.




High-speed UAV Fregat was presented at MAKS-2015 airshow



Kronshtadt Group held a presentation of advanced high-speed UAV Fregat, which does not require an airfield, at MAKS-2015 international airshow.

Kronshtadt Company (part of Kronshtadt Group) is starting development of Fregat UAV, which does not require an airfield. In accordance with the performance specification, Fregat will combine a vertical takeoff and landing capability with a good aircraft performance, which allows carrying out work in hard-to-reach regions having no airfield structure, the company explained.

The UAV designed for aerial reconnaissance and cargo transportation will be able to carry a payload of 1 700 kg (when taking off like an aircraft) and 1000 kg (when taking off like a helicopter). Ceiling will be 8000 m, maximum flight duration – around 10 hours.

The project will be implemented in several stages. At the first stage a flying model will be created in order to test major technical solutions. At the second stage a prototype powered by a production engine will be developed and tested. Depending on the results of the second stage, a decision on starting further research and development work will be made, the company added.

More than 152,000 spectators visit MAKS’2015 aerospace show on Saturday


ZHUKOVSKY, Moscow region, August 29. /TASS/. Moscow international aerospace show MAKS’2015 hosted 152,300 visitors on Saturday, a spokesperson for the directorate of the show told TASS on Saturday.

“In spite of unstable weather (sporadic short showers – TASS), some 152,300 visitors arrived at the airdrome of the Mikhail Gromov Flight Research Institute,” he said.

A record of attendance in the days of general public admittance was set on the fifth day of the MAKS’2013 show when the venue was visited by 157,000 people – the biggest attendance reported ever since the start of MAKS shows in 1993.

All in all, slightly over 312,000 people have visited the show by the end of its fifth day. The organizers hope the overall attendance will reach 400,000 this year.

The number of visitors reported in 2013 was 340,000 and in 2011, about 440,000.

MAKS 2015: Russia’s new Ka-35 AEW helicopter enters service



Russia’s latest Kamov Ka-35 airborne early warning (AEW) helicopter has entered service with the Russian Navy, an industry source told IHS Jane’s at the MAKS-2015 air show.

The new Ka-35 is both designed as a replacement for the Russian Navy’s ageing Ka-31 ‘Helix’ AEW helicopters and to have a wider capability set than the older platform. “This is a relatively old machine” the source stated of the Ka-31, adding: “It was created in its time for fulfilling, in particular, such missions as protecting Project 1143 vessels [Kiev-class aircraft carriers], and it did the job well.”

The new AEW helicopter has built on the legacy of the older aircraft, the source stated.

Irkut Corporation demonstrates Yak-130 jet fitted with laser rangefinder at MAKS-2015 airshow for the first time ever



Irkut Corporation (part of United Aircraft Corporation) demonstrates Yak-130 operational trainer fitted with laser rangefinder at the static display of MAKS-2015 international airshow for the first time ever. The rangefinder is intended for visual identification of ground and surface targets by the crew, and measurement of slant distance to them, the corporation reported.

“Yak-130 (tail number 01) was upgraded by Yakovlev design bureau (part of Irkut Corporation) in accordance with the requirements of foreign customers; the upgrade is focused on increasing the jet’s combat effectiveness (Yak-130 may be used as a light attack aircraft). The laser rangefinder allows operating Yak-130 jets in mountainous regions with ravines, improves the accuracy in the area of target location and usage of weapons,” Irkut Corporation noted.

Air-launched variant of Russian-Indian BrahMos missile to undergo flight tests next March


ZHUKOVSKY /Moscow region/, August 27 /TASS/. The test trials of an air-launched variant of the BrahMos cruise missile are due to begin in March 2016, Sudhir Kumar Mishra, director-general of the BrahMos Aerospace Company, told TASS at the MAKS-2015 Air Show.

“We have modified a Su-30MKI fighter jet for the installation of a BrahMos cruise missile. The launching pad, which is currently undergoing qualification tests, has also been modified,” Mishra said.

According to the company’s director-general, the qualification tests are to be over by December 2015. The launching pad and the missiles will then undergo flight tests on the Su-30MKI jet.

He said the program had been fulfilled by 90%.

Meanwhile, Russian-Indian BrahMos Aerospace has received an order for delivery of two regimental sets of BrahMos cruise missiles for Indian ground troops, Sudhir Kumar Mishra went on to say.

We have received an order for delivery of two regimental sets of BrahMos cruise missiles for the Indian ground forces, Mishra told TASS at the MAKS-2015 Air Show. He added that other branches of Indian Armed Forces were planning to commission BrahMos cruise missiles in the next two months.

Mishra said that the Indian Armed Forces had already commissioned the missiles for five of its squadrons and that more than ten Indian warships had been equipped or were being equipped with adapted modifications of BrahMos missiles.

Mishra also noted that government organizations in Russia and India had invested about $3 billion in a joint venture whose cost had risen to $7 billion by now.

Iran may buy at least two types of aircraft in Russia — vice president


MOSCOW, August 28. /TASS/. Iran may sign an agreement with Russia on buying at least two types of military aircraft, Iranian Vice President Sorena Sattari said in an interview with the Moscow-based Kommersant Daily upon the end of a visit to Moscow, in the course of which he attended the MAKS’2015 international aerospace show underway here.

“Intensive talks in that sphere are in progress now but they are conducted by our defense ministries, which in fact should make all the comments on them,” Dr. Sattari said. “The only thing I can say is we might sign a contract for two types of jets. The talks on the issue are making good progress.” As he mentioned the talks on supplies of S-300 antiaircraft missile launchers to Iran, he said he did not know details of the agreement, since these negotiations lay in the sphere of responsibility of the defense ministries.

“Talks with the Russian side on the S-300 missiles are proceeding in due course but I didn’t discuss the issue with any of the Russian officials at my meetings here,” Dr. Sattari said.

The theme of cooperation in defense-related technologies with Russia makes the Iranians feel somewhat nostalgic, he said.

“The closest ties in the defense sphere, and especially in aviation, started emerging between our countries slightly more than 20 years ago,” Dr. Sattari said. “My father was the commander of the Iranian Air Force then. We managed to make first purchases of Russian jets then after the end of the war (with Iraq TASS) and our Air Force that had been operating Western aircraft previously changed over successfully to the jets of eastern manufacture, the MIG-29’s and the Su-24’s.”

“It was also then that we obtained the S-200 complexes,” he continued. “Somewhat later, we launched the manufacturing of technologies and weaponry at home.”

“Today we make the missiles and even missile systems resembling the S-300 but they are based on our Iranian technologies,” Dr. Sattari said.

Sukhoi Superjet 100

Iranian airlines are showing interest towards the Russian airliner Sukhoi Superjet 100 and they could consider purchases of these jets, Iran’s Vice President said in an interview.

“The main thing for our airlines is to get convinced they can use the jets of this type,” Dr. Sattari said. “The problem is we have a very specific climate. We must ensure that the jets function normally as they gain altitude and then perform the flights in spite of existing complexities.”

“Unfortunately, not all the airliners are suitable for this,” he said.

“One of our airlines has already tested the SSJ and the result was reassuring,” Dr. Sattari added. “If Russia offers lucrative financial terms to us then I think many of our airlines will be ready to take the jets.”.

Cooperation with Russia in the sphere of space exploration

Iran is interested in cooperation with Russia in the sphere of space exploration, the country’s Vice President said.

“Russia doesn’t have competitors in many areas of space research and it sets the tune there,” Dr. Sattari said. “I mean the Russian launch vehicles, among other things. We’re ready to launch our satellite into orbit with Russia’s assistance and by Russian launch vehicles.”

“It’s important to do this in the framework of joint projects,” he said. “I mean the joint designing and construction of satellites, as well as cooperation in the designing of space rockets.”

“Outer space is a huge area for collaboration,” Dr. Sattari indicated. “We, too, joined that club (of space powers TASS) recently and we have launch vehicles of our own. But still no one can compete with the technologies available to Russia.”.

Cooperation in science and technologies

The setting-up of a Russian-Iranian high-level commission for cooperation in science and technologies will make it possible to step up practical collaboration in the sphere, Sorena Sattari told Kommersant Daily.

The decision on setting up the commission was taken on Wednesday at the end Dr. Sattari’s meeting with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.

“Our relations with Russia in science and technologies are reaching an unprecedented level and our Russian friends are giving important assistance to us,” Dr. Sattari said. “And we hope that the new Commission will make it possible for us to intensify cooperation and exchange in science and technologies further.”

“Russia has perfect technologies,” he said. “This concerns the aerospace industry, for instance. Russia doesn’t have competitors in many areas and partly this can be explained for by the difference of the Russian approach to designing the aircraft and to the aircraft manufacturing industry on the whole as compared to the Western way of thinking.”

“A visit to the MAKS airshow furnished our experts with an opportunity to get familiarized closer with the Russian approach and with this country’s capabilities,” Dr. Sattari said.

Along with it, he called attention to a rather feeble rate at which relations between Russia and Iran in the sphere of science and education have been developing so far.

“Only 400 or so students from Iran are getting education in Russia – a figure that’s too small considering our historical relations and the fact we’re neighbors,” Dr. Sattari said. “Just compare it with the 12,000 students getting tuition in the US, a country which we don’t have whatever relations with.”

“I just don’t understand why we haven’t managed to bring our cooperation to the same level as a minimum in the past,” he said.

In this connection, he mentioned his visit to Moscow Lomonosov State University where he had signed a package of memoranda on cooperation.

“I hope the move will help raise our cooperation with Russia in this sphere to a new level,” Dr. Sattari said.