Irkut at LIMA

“Na­tional Trea­sure of Rus­sia”

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Irkut Cor­po­ra­tion ( a UAC mem­ber com­pany) took part in LIMA’17 (the Langkawi In­ter­na­tional Mar­itime and Aero­space ex­hi­bi­tion), Malaysia, from 21 to 25 March 2017.

Irkut-man­u­fac­tured Su-30SM and Su30MKM fighters of the Rus­sian and Royal Malaysian Air Forces re­spec­tively flew over the ex­hi­bi­tion, with the Su-30SM mak­ing its de­but in colours of the Rus­sian Knights aer­o­bat­ics team. In ad­di­tion, Irkut’s en­tire prod­uct line was on dis­play in model form at the UAC stand: the Su-30SME fighter, the Yak-130 and Yak-152 train­ing air­craft, and the new MC-21 com­mer­cial air­liner.

On first day of the show, top of­fi­cials from Irkut Cor­po­ra­tion and UAC held a meet­ing with pi­lots from the Rus­sian Knights aer­o­bat­ics team and the RMAF’s 11th Squadron. Crews of both coun­tries praised the flight char­ac­ter­is­tics of their Su-30-fam­ily air­craft. Gen­eral Dato’ Sri Hj Af­fendi bin Buang, Chief of the Royal Malaysian Air Force, said the Su-30MKM fighter was “among the best of its class and ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to the builders of the air­craft. De­vel­op­ment of the Su-30MKM pro­gramme is very im­por­tant for Malaysia’s de­fence ca­pa­bil­ity,” he said.

The Malaysian and Rus­sian pi­lots, whose per­for­mances evoked the ad­mi­ra­tion of the au­di­ence, praised the flight char­ac­ter­is­tics of their air­craft. Col Gborg, a Royal Malaysian Air Force pi­lot said the Su-30MKM was a “won­der­ful air­craft. This is the best fighter I have flown in my twenty-year ca­reer,” he stressed!

Irkut Pres­i­dent Oleg Dem­chenko re­marked on the skills of the pi­lots and their abil­ity to use the the fighter’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties to their fullest.

UAC’s Alexan­der Tulyakov said: “Pos­i­tive as­sess­ment of air­craft given by Rus­sian and Malaysian pi­lots is very im­por­tant for us - both devel­op­ers and man­u­fac­tur­ers.”

At the Rus­sian Knights press con­fer­ence, Com­man­der of the Rus­sian Air Force - Deputy Com­man­der-in-Chief of the Aero­space Forces of Rus­sia Lt Gen An­drey Yudin stated that the Rus­sian Knights’ new Su-30SM fighters fea­tured es­sen­tially all new pi­lot­ing and com­bat ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Col An­drey Alek­seev, who leads the Rus­sian aer­o­batic team, said: “It is a great hon­our for us to rep­re­sent the Rus­sian Air Force with Su-30SM fighters, here in Malaysia. Pi­lots of our aer­o­batic team have mas­tered the Su-30SM, and we will start to demon­strate aer­o­bat­ics with six air­craft soon.”

The daily demon­stra­tions by the Rus­sian Knights were cer­tainly crowd pleasers while Irkut Pres­i­dent Oleg Dem­chenko, called the team a “na­tional trea­sure of Rus­sia.”

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