ZHUHAI (South China), November 13 (Itar-Tass) — The Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition Airshow China 2012 opened on Tuesday with demonstration flights of the First of August aerobatic team of the Air Force of People’s Liberation Army of China that performed on six J-10 combat planes in the sky over Zhuhai.
During the exhibition members of the Russian aerobatic team Russkiye Vityazi (Russian Knights) will also daily perform demonstration flights on the heavy Su-27 fighters.
The products of the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers, including a number of Russian enterprises are out on display at the show. About 30 professional organisations and enterprises demonstrate their achievements under the auspices of the Rosoboronexport arms exporting company.
The China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibitionis the only international aerospace trade show in China that is endorsed by the Chinese central government, according to the organisers. It features the display of real-size products, trade talks, technological exchange and flying display. Since 1996, the show has been successfully held in Zhuhai in every even-number year eight times.
The stand of the RF United Aircraft Corporation presents models of the multifunctional fighter Sukhoi Su-35, the Su-32 frontline bomber, the training plane Yakovlev Yak-130. The medium-haul passenger aircraft Sukhoi Superjet 100 – it is its debut in China, has also been presented to the air show visitors.
The Russian Helicopters company at its stand demonstrate a family of medium-sized multi-purpose helicopters Mi-8/17, the new light multipurpose helicopters Ansat and Ka-226T, as well as the new modernised Mi-171A2 helicopter. The helicopter with the world’s largest lifting capacity - Mi-26T and its modernised version Mi-26T2 have also been presented to the Chinese market.
“I believe our participation in the exhibition will give a new impetus to the expansion of military-technical cooperation between Russia and China and other countries in the Asia-Pacific region,” head of the Rosoboronexport delegation, head of a department of the RF Air Force Sergei Kornev said. “China has for many years been our strategic partner,” he pointed out. “As of today, Russia’s share in the arms market of the Asia-Pacific countries is about 21 percent.”
The current exhibition is the largest in the history of the events since 1996. About 90 aircraft are put on display on the runway. The exhibition will last six days, until November 18.