More than 140 Moscow organizations have taken part in the 14th International Aviation and Space Salon. They have presented projects in passenger air traffic, helicopter engineering, and other relevant branches.
"Most aviation and space techniques have traditionally been designed and made in Moscow. The Irkut MC-21, the world's latest achievement, and other novelties of MAKS 2019 reaffirm Moscow's status as the city of Russian aircraft industry," says Deputy Mayor for Economic Policy and Property and Land Relations Vladimir Yefimov.
The black wing and composites: Moscow's innovations in the aircraft industry
The Irkut MC-21, a single-aisle twinjet airliner, has become MAKS' number one hit of this year. It has been designed by the Irkut Corporation headquartered in Moscow. The peculiarity about the aircraft is that it is made of composites to give it an ergonomic shape and save six to seven percent fuel.
The constructors of the MC-21 were the first in the history of Russian aviation to use the carbon wing, also known as 'the black wing', which is lighter and stronger than the metal one. This unique technology has been developed by AeroComposite (Moscow).
It was the first new Russian aircraft presented at MAKS for the past 10 years. The MC-21 is targeted at the most mass segment of the world's airliner market. Depending on the configuration, the new aircraft can seat 130 to 211 passengers, with up to 6,000 km range.
"41 enterprises and 51,000 people are engaged in the aviation industry in Moscow. Investment in the industry’s fixed capital has made up RUB 25.6 billion. Developments by Moscow's aircraft designers traditionally attract great attention at the international show," says Head of the Moscow City Department of Investment and Industrial Policy Alexander Prokhorov.
Helicopters, fighters, cars
Commercial sales of Aurus, the first Russian luxury car by the State Research Centre of the Russian Federation (NAMI), start this year in Russia and worldwide. Further comes Aurus, a light helicopter Ansat with a VIP cabin resembling a president’s limousine’s cabin.
The helicopter novelties of this year include the multi-role Ka-62 and the Mi-38 already commercialized. The medium multi-role helicopter Ka-62 has premiered at the show: it is presented at the holding’s static exhibition and will take off during the demonstration performance. What is more, the serial luxury civil helicopter Mi-38 has been first presented here.
Besides large holdings, small companies have also presented their products. The spectators could see Il-78М-90А, the first aerial refuelling tanker made in Russia. It can refuel up to 4 planes on the ground and up to 2 in the air.
MAKS has also seen the civil liner Superjet 100, the multi-role fighter MiG-35 and the amphibious aircraft Be-200.
It was the first time that the Su-57, the fifth-generation jet fighter being the pride of the Russian military aviation, was displayed in the static exposition. Before that, you could only see it in the sky. This unique machine, virtually undetectable by radars, attracts worldwide attention of specialists.
Born in universities
Moscow private companies and universities have taken part in the exhibition. The Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow), the Central Institute of Aviation Motors and InEnergy have presented the first Russian hydrogen-powered aircraft. According to some projections, most cars and aircraft will run on hydrogen in 30 years.
One more project from Moscow is the helicopter R-34 made in accordance with the technical specification of Aeroelectromach (Moscow) in cooperation with OKB Rotor (Kumertau, Bashkortostan). It has a hingeless blade mount with composite flexbeam along with a parachute rescue system.
The MAI-411 aircraft is designed by the Moscow Aviation Institute, being a Russian analogue of the European CS-23 and the American FAR-23. According to the designers' estimations, it can be used for air transportation, air patrolling, aerial photography, instrumental monitoring, and air tourism.