The MAKS-2017, one of the world’s largest aviation shows established 25 years ago, will be held in Zhukovsky, 40 kilometers (25 miles) south-east of Moscow on July 18-23.
About 700 Russian and 180 foreign corporations and companies from 36 countries are expected to participate in the air show, including Russia’s state technology corporation Rostec, arms exporter Rosoboronexport, arms manufacturer Almaz-Antey, Russian Helicopters, and several companies from the space industry. The air show is organized by Russia’s Rostec corporation, and the Ministry of Industry and Trade, and will be visited by top Russian and foreign officials and businesspeople, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chair of the German Aerospace Center’s (DLR) Executive Board Pascale Ehrenfreund.
“The president will tour exhibition stands to see production models, prototypes and pre-prototypes and developments by Russian and foreign aerospace companies, and will chair a working meeting on civil aviation development,” the Kremlin press service said in a statement.
MAKS is also supported by the Russian president, something that will guarantee a high level of organization and representation. One of the salon’s goals is to showcase Russian-made, high-tech equipment and demonstrate the openness of the Russian market to joint projects with foreign partners.
The first day of the air show will be dedicated to the opening ceremony and visits by official delegations. The second and third days are reserved for business interactions and the last three days will be open to the public. On Thursday, the leading Russia’s and foreign military and aviation corporations, including aerobatics demonstration team of the United Arab Emirates Air Forces Fursan Al Emarat, aircraft of Russian Helicopters, civil and military aircraft of United Aircraft Corporation and Airbus Group, will showcase their latest advances.
NEW EQUIPMENT, FEATURES TO BE SHOWCASED AT MAKS
The National Research Center “Zhukovsky Institute” will showcase a new anti-helicopter mine and a prototype of the light multipurpose aircraft. Additionally, prototypes of a high-speed civil aircraft, supersonic business and passenger aircraft, and heavy transport aircraft with the integrated circuit will be shown.
Russian Helicopters, a Moscow-based manufacturer, will present the military transport helicopter Mi-171 Sh-VN.
Russia’s NPO Aerospace Technologies company will showcase its BORTS Triton amphibious flying vehicle.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, Russia’s aerobatic group Sokoly Rossii (Russian Falcons) will simulate an air fight with the use of the Su-35S fighter jets for the first time. Russia’s Rosoboronexport arms exporter will present the country’s advanced aviation technologies with the use of holographic panels with elements of levitation. According to the company’s Deputy Director General, Sergey Goreslavsky, the new exhibition technologies will be used to promote Su-35, MiG-29M and Yak-130 planes, as well as Ka-52, Mi-35 and Mi-171Sh helicopters.
Russia’s Kalashnikov Concern arms manufacturer will publicly display its new ZALA 421-16Е2 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the first time. Russia’s Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies (KRET), part of the Rostec state corporation, said on July 13 that it would hand over new electronic warfare (EW) complexes to the country’s Aerospace Forces during MAKS. Over 200 projects developed by KRET will be showcased at the exhibition.
According to the statement, the new KRET developments to be displayed at the exhibition include the on-board electronics for Sukhoi Su-35S fighter jet, system of the air parameters measuring used on Kamov Ka-52 helicopters, missile direction laser system for Kamov Ka-52 and Mil Mi-27N helicopters, as well as airborne radars for the new-generation fighters, including the Mikoyan MiG-35 jet.
Apart from this, KRET will showcase the entire range of on-board electronics for Irkut MC-21 aircraft. Additionally, Russia’s Rosoboronexport state intermediary plans to sign more than 10 contracts and cooperation agreements with foreign governments and companies, as well as Russian enterprises producing military hardware at MAKS.
THOUSANDS OF MEETINGS ALREADY SCHEDULED FOR MAKS
Russian Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry Oleg Bocharov said that MAKS-2017 was mainly regarded as a business event.
“For us, it is very important that a large number of aviation companies from 47 states were accredited this year. According to the business meetings system MatchMaking, more than a thousand talks have already been scheduled. We expect high business activity,” Bocharov said.
According to the official, Russia’s MC-21 twin-engine, short-and mid-range airliner is one of the main new products to be showcased at MAKS. He also considers the demonstration flight of the Be-200 amphibious aircraft a very important point of the MAKS program.
MAKS traces its roots back to the MOSAEROSHOW-92, the first large-scale aviation-and-space exhibition in the history of post-Soviet Russia.