Russian aviation is presenting one of its most vivid and memorable displays at this year’s Paris Air Show, which begins today. Three military aircraft, the Sukhoi Su-35 multirole fighter, the Yakovlev Yak-130 combat training aircraft and the Kamov Ka-52 attack helicopter are participating in the flight displays above Le Bourget airfield. Aircraft and equipment represented 37 percent of deliveries by Russia’s Rosoboronexport export agency in 2012.
The Su-35 is designed to plug the gap between the existing Su-30 and future fifth-generation fighters. The aircraft incorporates fifth-generation technologies, according to Rosoboronexport, with new information management and fly-by-wire flight control system, Irbis-E phased-array radar and higher thrust NPO-Saturn 117S engines capable of reaching supersonic speed without using afterburner.
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