Russian defence aviation industry at Paris Air Show 2013 with Su-35 fighter and Ka-52 helicopter 0506132

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Paris Air Show Le Bourget 2013
International Aviation & Aerospace defence exhibition

17 - 23 June 2013
Paris, France
Russian aviation defence industry at Paris Air Show 2013
Russian defence aviation industry at Paris Air Show 2013 with Su-35 fighter and Ka-52 helicopter.
"The UAC (United Aircraft Corporation of Russia) will present two combat aircraft in Paris: the Yak-130, produced by the Irkut corporation, and Sukhoi's Su-35. This will be the Su-35's first public appearance abroad," said the official spokesperson for the UAC, Boris Krylov. He added that the aircraft would take part in the show's flight displays too.

The advanced, fourth-generation, air-superiority, Su-35 fighter jet has been designed by the Sukhoi design bureau. Under a 2009 contract, the Russian Defense Ministry commissioned 48 Su-35C (the series name) aircraft from Sukhoi, which are supposed to enter service by 2015.

The number of the aircraft is expected to double later. At the moment, the Defense Ministry has at least 11 Su-35 aircraft worth $85 million, including three test aircraft. Sukhoi is expected to deliver 12 more aircraft by the end of 2013.

The first foreign country to buy the new Russian aircraft is likely to be China. As reported by Russian media earlier, the two sides are discussing a contract for 24 Russian fighter jets to be supplied to China

The Yakovlev Yak-130 (NATO reporting name: Mitten) is a subsonic two-seat advanced jet trainer/light attack aircraft or lead-in fighter trainer developed by Yakovlev and Aermacchi.

The first Yak-130s entered Russian Air Force service in July 2009. However, deliveries have been slow. The first export orders were signed in 2006, when Algeria ordered 16 Yak-130s and Libya put an order for 6 planes.

Deliveries to Libya were expected in 2011–2012, but the Libyan National Transitional Council cancelled Libya's order for Yak-130s in September 2011 as part of a review of all existing arms contracts.

Syria has agreed to purchase 36 aircraft, but delivery of these has been postponed by Russia due to the conflict in Syria.

The Uruguayan air force is considering the aircraft for the future replacement of the A-37, while Russia has offered the Yak-130 to Serbia as part of a US$3 billion loan for the upgrading of the Serbian armed forces.

In October 2012 Russia took delivery of six fighters. The first batch of Yak-130 combat trainers fly from the Irkut plant to the Borisoglebsk airfield after an extensive flight testing program.
"The flight displays will involve the participation of a Ka-52 ('Alligator') gunship, while the Le Bourget static display will feature a Ka-100 helicopter and a model of the MS-21 aircraft," Gilles Fournier, managing director of the air show, told journalists.

Kamov Ka-52 Alligator (NATO reporting name: Hokum B) is an all-weather combat helicopter developed by Kamov Design Bureau. The Ka-52 is a twin-seat version of the Ka-50 helicopter. It has been designed to attack armoured and unarmoured ground targets and low-speed air targets.

Russia placed an order for 36 Ka-52s in late 2009. First batch of three production helicopters was handed over to the Russian Army Aviation Combat and Conversion Training Centre (CCTC) in Torzhok in December 2010. Russia ordered more than 140 Ka-52 helicopters for its air force in September 2011.

Russia plans to equip the French-built Mistral-class assault ships with Ka-52 helicopters by the end of 2012.