Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) showcased the latest Russian aircraft production programs at the Dubai Airshow (UAE), which took place November 17-21, 2019. For the first time at this exhibition, the Yak-130 combat trainer was represented on both on the static display and in the flight program.
Commenting on the corporation’s participation in Dubai Airshow-2019, UAC CEO Yury Slyusar said: «For us the Middle East is one of the priority regions. Within this context, we are discussing both combat and civilian aspects. Regarding the combat aspect, we introduce the beginning of deep modernization project of Yak-130 aircraft: we expand its combat capabilities making this aircraft not just a combat trainer, but more combat aircraft. We are in a position to customize its enhanced combat capabilities to meet expectations of our customers in the Middle East, taking into account specific combat missions to solve in this region. Yak-130 is good for training pilots for further combat aircraft of fourth and fifth generations, and we will continue to improve its training functions».
«Regarding the civilian aspects we are particularly considering possibilities of new variants of cooperation for MC-21 production. This is a mass serial production airplane, and international cooperation could increase its planned production rates from 70 to 120 airplanes per year, and it would also enhance its competitiveness», - explained Yury Slyusar.
The head of UAC took part in the official meetings and negotiation program of the national delegation, also accompanied the UAE leaders on their tour through the Russian exposition.
During the business days, the UAC delegation led by Mr Slyusar held sessions on the CR929 wide-body aircraft program with potential suppliers of aircraft engines from the world's leading manufacturers - General Electric and Rolls-Royce. These negotiations followed similar meetings held earlier by the Chinese partners of the joint project.
Discussions with Mubadala Investment Company proved fruitful with many areas identified for potential collaboration. Various areas of cooperation, including possible industrial ones were discussed with leadership of Alsalam company in the framework of join marketing efforts to supply civil aircraft to the Middle East.
One of the program’s key events was the meeting with UAC main Indian partner Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. Industrial cooperation activities on the Ilyushin IL-114 program was among the numerous agenda points. Russian part continued negotiation the Be-200 promotion with the Egyptian colleagues and its certificate validation in Egypt. Other negotiations also were held during the air show.
The Yak-130 combat trainer showed its high maneuverability during the flight display every day in the sky of Dubai. The aircraft crew consisted of the test pilot Vasily Sevastyanov and the test navigator Sergey Kudryashov, they performed advanced aerobatic figures such as Barrel roll, Humpty-Bump, inside loop, spins and others.
The Corporation represented models of modern Russian aircraft MC-21, Superjet 100, Su-30SME, Yak-130, MiG-35, Su-35, Su-57E, Be-200, Be-103, Il-78MK-90A, Il-76MD-90A, Il-112 and Il-114-300 on the corporate stand No. 770. UAC also offered to the guest of the exhibition a new multimedia fullscreen product-line presentation with the innovative reality graphics.
Dubai Airshow is one of the largest international aviation and space exhibitions, in 2019 it was be held for the 16th time. The exhibition was visited by a significant number of specialists not only from the Middle East, but also from Africa and the Asia-Pacific region.