Su-35, Yak-130 and Ka-52 to display at the Paris Air Show 2013
United Aircraft Corporation announced today - at Paris Air Show Press Conference in Moscow - it intends to display a Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker to the Paris Air Show 2013. This 4++ late generation aircraft never displayed away from Moscow before, and there is no doubt it should be the star attraction of Paris Air Show 2013, as it is nearly capable to aim its nose to any target in the sky, flying at near zero speed, thanks to its two Lyulka Saturn 117S thrust vectored controlled engines. The first six Su-35s were produced at Komsomolsk-on-Amur plant, and handed over to the Russian Air Force last 28th december, 2012. Russia and China are currently discussing a possible sale of the Su-35 to the PLAAF, and if this happens, no less than 24 airplanes should be ordered.
Though announced as its first show outside Russia by other media, the Yakovlev Yak-130 Mitten will also display at Paris, but it was shown last year in England with heavy loads under wings, shownig this aircraft capability at strike, and not only as a jet trainer airplane. Last year it was on show at Fairford and Farnborough. The jet was ordered by Bangladesh last week at Lima 2013, Langkawi. It is also to be in service with the Algerian Air Force. Russian Air Force training units are currently receiving their very first Mittens. The Yak-130 is also often mentionned by some russian military sources as the equipment of a new aerobatic team that is still to be commissionned. Interestingly, the Russian Knights aerobatic team are not part of the list of airplanes for Paris, though the Russian Air Force may have had a wish to send this group according to sources in Russia. Under a clever policy, they definitely seem to have been tasked by Moscow authorities, to take part to most trade and commercial airshows worldwide. This team brilliantly stole the shows at Zhuhai (Nov 2012 in China), Bangalore (Feb 2013 in India), and Langkawi (March 2013 in Malaysia).
A Kamov Kak-52 Alligator was also on preview during the press conference this morning for a display at Paris 2013. This latest generation combat Helicopter is powerfully armed with Vikhr guided missiles and S-8 80mm rockets. All in all, 2.500 kg of armament can be delivered with four stores under wings. This warplane was never shown away from Moscow air events. Is is a two seat and upgraded variant of combat helicopter Kamov Ka-50 Hokum.