MAKS International Airshow is setting up this week, and some of the most remarkable aircraft in the world are flying into Zhukovsky for the massive commercial, civil and military aviation business expo and airshow.
Along with other aviation journalists and photographers from around the world, we clamber for the best spotting locations awaiting arrivals and watching rehearsals the week before the show opens.
Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots got a chance to fly the Russian-made MiG-35 fighter jet during the MAKS-2019 aerospace show in Zhukovsky, and also got the opportunity to get acquainted with the latest Su-57E fighter.
The Indian delegation was shown MiG-35 and Su-57 aircraft. Indian Air Force test pilots Colonel Reddy and Lieutenant Colonel Roy were given the opportunity to make two sorties on the MiG-35,” the channel said with reference to information from the Air Force.
MAKS 2019 International Airshow is the 14th edition of the show and will attract nearly a half-million visitors to the approximately 300 exhibitors at the show.
Well over 600 billion Rubles in aircraft contracts originated from the previous edition of MAKS in 2018, and Russian aviation firms have even more innovative new products to sell to prospective military and commercial users from around the world.
Today we are getting an incredible firsthand look at Russia’s entry into the 5th generation fighter market, the Sukhoi Su-57, known in testing as the “PAK-FA”.
The Su-57 is an eye-opening aircraft in an airshow setting. It’s flat-pancake shape and colorful livery are slicing through puffy, sunlit cumulus and then bleeding vapor from every control surface after the incision.
Its maneuvers nearly defy description, eclipsing in spectacle, if not tactical function, anything seen in western airshows.
What we saw @ the beginning of the week before MAKS 2019, is that this is helping to change the world’s mind about the sophistication and quality of Russia’s immense aerospace industry.
The Aviationist / ABC Flash Point News 2019.