ZHUKOVSKY, Moscow region, August 27 (Itar-Tass) - International Aerospace Show MAKS’2013 is due to open in the town of Zhukovsky near Moscow later Tuesday. Its program covers six days through to September 1 and it will be held at the airdrome of the Mikhail Gromov Flight Research Institute, which boasts having the longest runway in Europe.
This year’s show is destined break a record as regards the number of participants, officials on the organizing committee said. Over a thousand enterprises and companies, including 277 foreign ones, are exhibiting their products.
A total of 44 countries are participating and marks a certain increase on the previous show held in 2011 where the companies and organizations from 40 countries took part.
“New countries are added to the list of participants every,” Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov told reporters. “Some of the newly participating nations have never had any positions among the leaders of the aerospace industry.”
The business itinerary of the show is very tightly packed. It embraces an international aviation congress, the 6th European congress on transport aviation and the international science and research symposium.
Apart from this, the business itinerary also features several dozen roundtable conferences, forums and briefing spanning the entire spectrum of problems that pertain to the development of aircraft manufacturing and aeronautical science.
The program of exhibition flights deserves special notice, as more than a hundred Russian and foreign aircraft will show their operational characteristics in midair. For instance, the Russian Defense Ministry will be represented by the aerobatic groups Russkiye Vityazi /stationed at the Kubinka airbase/ on the Sukhoi-27 jets, Strizhi /Kubinka/ on MIG-29 fighter jets,
Sokoly Rossii /Lipetsk airbase/ on Sukhoi-27 and Berkuty /Torzhok airbase/ on Mi-28N Night Hunter helicopters.
The list of the aircraft that will display their properties in midair includes the Superjet-100 airliner, as well as the Sukhoi-35 and T-50 fighters. The program also includes presentations by the aerobatic groups from Latvia, China, France, and Switzerland and a demonstration flight of the world’s largest passenger jet, A-380.
The directorate of the aerospace show issued a public reminder saying that the first three days of the itinerary are devoted entirely to business contacts while the public at large will be admitted as of Friday. The tickets will cost 550 rubles if purchased in advance and 700 rubles if purchased on the day of the visit.