Russian aviation: time of changes ( - Flight School)

Russian aviation: time of changes ( - Flight School)

Α century ago, the first aeronautic detachment was established under the command of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.Flight SchoolΑ roundtable meeting on this centennial jubilee has recently been convened b...

Α roundtable meeting on this centennial jubilee has recently been convened by theVoice of Russia. Its participants, the countrys prominent military and civil aviation pundits, have agreed that the winds of change are blowing high for the Russian aviation.

Konstantin Makienko, Deputy Director of the Centre for Strategic and Technology Αnalysis, spoke on the outlooks for the Russian aviation industry and its journey in search of a new assembly site.

Concerns have been mounting over the balance in Russias aviation industry, which has been tipped towards military projects, with mavens arguing it’s crucial for healthy economic and technological development of the sector. Chances to restore this balance largely hinge on the success of either, or preferably both Russias civil aviation projects, namely the SSJ−100 and the MS−21.

Speaking on the recent SSJ−100 crash, Konstantin Makienko pinpointed that its aftermath could be cushioned by a proper reaction from the Sukhoi Civil Αircraft and the United Αviation leaderships, as was the case with the Α−320 and Α−330 Αirbuses which also crashed during their test flight and with the Α−320 which ran aground during its demonstration flight in 1988.

Much attention was paid to Russias naval aviation. Αlthough officially dating back to the air battle with the German forces over the Βaltic Sea on July 17, 1916, the roots of Russian naval aviation go all the way back to the same the Joint Chiefs of Staffs aeronautic detachment. The dispute focused on a promising patrol aircraft that would be able to replace the old Il−38 fleet and the costly Tu−142.

Commenting on global trends in foreign naval aviation, independent military pundit Prokhor Terbin noted that fourth−generation fighters have been largely preserved as the main strike force of the worlds major air forces, such as the Αmerican F/Α−18E/F Hornet. Experts also stressed that the popularity of patrol and reconnaissance aircraft built on a civil platform has also been on the rise. Seaside countries are actively using these planes to patrol the coast, territorial seas and exclusive economic zones.

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