Wings of the Motherland. Arab premieres of Russian aviation

In Dubai now + 32, but this did not prevent the majority of the members of the Russian delegation to remain faithful to tradition and come to the opening of Dubai Airshow-2021 in strict dark suits. That in such heat is an act in itself.

This is the first international aviation exhibition since the start of the pandemic (and in pre-dock times there were ten of them a year – from Le Bourget and Farnborough to Singapore, Zhuhai and Santiago). Participants from different countries, who had not seen each other for a year and a half, did not hide their joy, banging their fists or elbows. The mask mode is strictly observed here. For failure to provide information about a positive test or non-compliance with & nbsp; quarantine & mdash; & nbsp; a fine of 20 thousand dirhams (383 thousand rubles), if without a mask & mdash; & nbsp; 3 thousand dirhams (58 thousand rubles).

AgustaWestland AW609 & mdash; the world's first civilian tiltrotor with a difficult fate. It took off for the first time in 2003, during the tests one of the prototypes was lost. To date, 60 of these machines have been ordered. Photo: AiF/Igor Chernyak

But even so. It is hoped that now, despite the pandemic, other countries will follow the example of the Arabs, and air shows will again become regular.

Aircraft of the near future

Russia in Dubai is showing a number of aircraft and helicopters that have not been exhibited abroad before. Three of them can be distinguished.

6 new Russian helicopters are presented at the Rosoboronexport stand. Photo: AiF/Igor Chernyak

  • Medium-haul MS-21-310 with domestic engines PD-14. Our first civil aircraft with a composite wing and the latest onboard systems. Manufacturer & mdash; Irkut corporation & mdash; & nbsp; draws attention to its more spacious interior and economy compared to competitors. It is argued that it is in no way inferior to the latest modifications of the Boeing-737 and Airbus-320 families and even has a number of advantages. For the show in Dubai, part of the salon in MC-21 was installed in economy class, and part of & mdash; & nbsp; business class. Interestingly, some of the parts for PD-14 engines have recently begun to be 3D printed, which saves production time from six months to three weeks while maintaining all properties. It is assumed that the first serial MC-21 will take off in December 2021, and regular flights will begin in 2022
  • Created on the basis of the “ Superjet '' business aircraft Aurus the same Irkut. Like MC-21, it made a non-stop flight to Dubai from Zhukovsky & mdash; & nbsp; 3700 km. This is the liner for the rich. The salon has everything: & nbsp; from a shower cabin to high-speed Internet. Equipped with an additional fuel system, it has a flight range of up to 7 thousand km, i.e. is able to fly from Moscow to Vladivostok, Beijing or Seoul without landing. The business jet will complement the range of luxury products promoted under this brand – the Ansat Aurus Design helicopter and the Aurus executive limousine series. They still stand together at the exhibition site & mdash; & nbsp; airplane, helicopter and car, causing the groans of the Arab sheikhs passing by.

Dubai Airshow-2021

The Ansat helicopter can be used for the transportation of goods and passengers, search and rescue operations, patrolling and emergency medical assistance. © AiF/Igor Chernyak

So they are exhibited here together: a business jet, a helicopter and a limousine AURUS. © AiF/Igor Chernyak

The Ka-52 is a new generation reconnaissance and attack helicopter. Further development of the Ka-50 Black Shark helicopter. © AiF/Igor Chernyak

AURUS based on “Superjet” – a plane for the rich. © AiF/Igor Chernyak

Helicopter AURUS. © AiF/Igor Chernyak

Limousine AURUS. © AiF/Igor Chernyak

The Ka-226T helicopter enjoys increased attention among the Arabs. © AiF/Igor Chernyak

The Mi-28N “Night Hunter” (NATO modification: Havoc – “Ravager”) is an attack helicopter designed for destruction in conditions of active fire resistance from tanks and manpower of the enemy. © AiF/Igor Chernyak

The Orion-E drone, which has performed well in Syria, is now being offered for export. © AiF/Igor Chernyak

The multipurpose Mi-171A2 became a debutant at the air show. © AiF/Igor Chernyak

Dubai Аirshow-2021

The Ansat helicopter can be used to transport cargo and passengers, search and rescue operations, patrol and provide emergency medical assistance. © AiF/Igor Chernyak

This is how they are exhibited here together: a business jet, a helicopter and a limousine AURUS. © AiF/Igor Chernyak

The Ka-52 is a new generation reconnaissance and attack helicopter. Further development of the Ka-50 Black Shark helicopter. © AiF/Igor Chernyak

AURUS based on “Superjet” – a plane for the rich. © AiF/Igor Chernyak

Helicopter AURUS. © AiF/Igor Chernyak

Limousine AURUS. © AiF/Igor Chernyak

The Ka-226T helicopter enjoys increased attention among the Arabs. © AiF/Igor Chernyak

The Mi-28N “Night Hunter” (NATO modification: Havoc – “Ravager”) is an attack helicopter designed to destroy the enemy's tanks and manpower under active fire resistance. © AiF/Igor Chernyak

The Orion-E drone, which has performed well in Syria, is now being offered for export. © AiF/Igor Chernyak

The multipurpose Mi-171A2 became a debutant at the air show. © AiF/Igor Chernyak

  • Prototype of our first 5th generation single-engine stealth fighter Su-75 Checkmate , which was brought to the UAE on the An-124 Ruslan. “ Checkmate '', as ours called it, is shown in a separate pavilion. According to the manufacturers, it will be distinguished by low visibility, economy, effective electronic warfare system and the most modern on-board electronics, including radar with an active phased antenna array. Ours argue that in the world it has only one competitor – the American F-35, although it has been flying for a long time and more than 800 machines have been produced, of which more than 50 took part in the hostilities. And so far we have only a dream. Which, however, when implemented, promises to be much cheaper than an adversary ($ 25-30 million). The plane is made for export sales, but no matter how it interferes with contracts for the MiG-35, which has already been filled with a lot of money.

The UAC booth presents the latest samples of Russian aircraft. Photo: AiF/Igor Chernyak & nbsp;

Drones: will we catch up?

Russia, which late entered the global market for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), is now trying to catch up and overtake. In Dubai, we presented only one drone live. This is the Orion-E reconnaissance and strike, already supplied to the Russian army, with a satellite communications and control system. Better known to our military as the Pacer, he performed well in Syria, where he performed dozens of flights at an altitude of 7-8 km. Able to stay in the air for up to a day and send data to the operator from almost anywhere in the world.

A-380-800 is the largest production aircraft in the world, capable of flying 15.5 thousand km without landing. Alas, its production was discontinued in 2021. Photo: AiF/Igor Chernyak

In addition, head of Rostec Sergey Chemezov announced a presentation at the exhibition:

  • UAV “ Thunder '' , which can not only strike with X-38 missiles, but also control a swarm of 10-12 drones launched from another carrier. As conceived by the designers, “ Thunder '' must fly two or three hundred kilometers ahead of a group of Su-57 fighters and Su-34 bombers, causing fire on itself. After the air defense of the enemy & nbsp; reveals itself, a swarm of drones will bring down all their ammunition on them. There is only one but. Unlike Chackmate & mdash; this is not even a full-size model, but only a certain concept, which is not clear when it will rise into the air.
  • Helios-RLD radar patrol UAV , which is able to stay in the air for more than a day. On board this aerial giant, the “ informant '' with a wingspan of up to 30 m and a take-off weight of 5 tons, a powerful radar was installed. Several such devices, according to the developers, are capable of creating a continuous radar coverage to warn of a sudden missile attack. The nuance, again, is that this, like Thunder, is only a concept. & Nbsp;
  • UAV Zala VTOL, photography, a few hours. It combines the best qualities of an aircraft-type UAV and a tiltrotor. The operator can easily change its configuration depending on the tasks.

This is how the owners greet the exhibitors. Photo: AiF/Igor Chernyak

Sergey Chemezov also singled out the kamikaze drone KUB-UAV & mdash; & nbsp; loitering ammunition, which can be launched from both special-purpose ships and from transport and landing boats. Its task is & mdash; & nbsp; silently circle over the territory of the enemy, and at the moment “ H '' attack a tank or air defense object by diving from the upper hemisphere. As a rule, loitering ammunition is not returned from a flight. “ It develops speeds of up to 130 km/h and can carry out missions as part of a guided swarm. The main stage of the tests has already been passed. We are one of the world leaders in this segment, & mdash; & nbsp; Chemezov said on the eve of the air show in an interview with TASS.

All these drones were presented on colorful booklets.

American F-16 and KS-46. Photo: AiF/Igor Chernyak

In Dubai, they talked about the new Russian control system for a swarm of unmanned aerial vehicles. As the developers explain, it will allow the operator, instead of directly controlling the swarm, only to indicate the goal. The rest of the operations will be performed by artificial intelligence. This approach will allow our UAVs to move to a new stage of development and become semi-autonomous, not automatically controlled.

Queue to the cockpit of the American F-35 model. Photo: AiF/Igor Chernyak

“ Now the operator does not have to independently search for targets in the video stream, the machine will prompt him the elements that are worth paying attention to. And instead of building a flight route with his hands, indicating each point on the map, he simply puts a search zone, and the UAVs themselves will determine the optimal procedure for completing the task, taking into account the forces and means of the enemy, terrain conditions and meteorological conditions. At the same time, they also & ldquo; agree & rdquo; among themselves on the division of responsibilities and priorities. This is a new stage in the development of UAV management, which will make them more independent '', & mdash; & nbsp; explained & nbsp; on the eve of & nbsp; CEO of JSC Kronstadt & nbsp; Sergey Bogatikov.

Our Checkmate is hiding in this pavilion. Photo: AiF/Igor Chernyak

True, in March 2020, in Libya, an “ independent '' & nbsp; Turkish UAV Kargu-2, controlled by artificial intelligence, decided to destroy a person. & Nbsp; As New Scientist magazine writes with reference to the study UN, this is the first time in history that a drone has committed a murder without a human order. However, while this is considered a fatal accident. & Nbsp; & nbsp;

“ First impression of the exhibition. The Americans are now increasingly concentrating on countering China and & nbsp; de facto are gradually leaving the Middle East. This opens up a window of opportunity for Russia, primarily in the area of ​​selling military equipment here. It is extremely difficult to occupy this niche in a region that is historically foreign to us, but we must try, '' concluded Director of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies Ruslan Pukhov .

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