PARIS, October 26 (Itar-Tass) — The chief of the Russian Army General Staff, General of the Army Nikolai Makarov and Navy Commander-in-Chief, Admiral Viktor Chirkov visited the Russian exhibition at the Euronaval-2012 show in Paris on Thursday, October 25.
More than 30 companies and organisations from Russia are participating in the show this year, including Rosoboronexport, Admiralty Shipyard and Russian Technologies.
Makarov was particularly interested by a multi-role frigate, Project 22356, designed by the Northern Design Bureau and presented by the United Shipbuilding Corporation.
The ship with water displacement of 4,500 tonnes can carry out a wide range of missions, such as destroying surface targets, finding and destroying submarines, ensuring air and missile defence, Design Bureau Head Vladimir Spiridonov said.
The general also showed interest in the Skorpion and Katran missile and artillery ships and a Project 22160 coast guard boat, which is made using stealth technology and other modern materials that make it virtually invisible for radars.
Makarov praised the Russian exhibition at Euronaval-2012.
Foreign experts also paid increased attention to the Russian section.
United Shipbuilding Corporation spokesperson Alexei Kravchenko said, “We have received many offers of cooperation from foreign partners. It seems that the crisis has seriously affected the shipbuilding industry in the West.”
Russia and Italy agreed to resume the S1000 non-nuclear submarine project that was suspended a few years ago.
Defence companies from 40 countries are showing their products.
The Russian exhibition is among the largest ones.
The show’s Secretary-General Jean-Marie Poimboeuf said nearly 400 exhibitors from 37 countries and trade visitors from 100 countries will attend this year’s show to be held from October 22 to October 26 at the Paris – Le Bourget Exhibition Centre.
Organised under the joint patronage of the French Ministry of Defence and the Secretariat of State for the Sea, as in previous years, Euronaval will reaffirm its position as the leading international naval defence and maritime safety and security event.
Exhibition spaces are being booked up quickly, which says much about what we can expect from the event. In particular, this year sees growing participation from Germany, Brazil, Britain and Russia, with, for the first time, a Korean shipyard among the exhibitors.
Over a period of five days in Paris, Euronaval will attract market influencers and buyers from across the sector, 76 official delegations, and 300 guests of honour from over 60 countries, including high-ranking government figures – i.e. ministers and the equivalent – secretaries of state, navy chiefs of staff and national armaments directors.
Euronaval has traditionally covered missions ranging from naval sovereignty to state actions at sea and maritime safety and security, including the enforcement of public order at sea, marine, maritime and fisheries policing and maritime and coastal surveillance.
Euronaval is also a leading event for naval drone (UXV) manufacturers and satellite applications, including communications, navigation, weather, defence and security.
The programme includes debates on the safe and secure use of the seas for civil and military purposes. For the first time, marine energies will aslo be high on the agenda.