Air International 2020-04
P.Butowski - Russian Review
If the reported Vietnamese order for "at least 12" Yak-130s is confirmed, the country will become the fourth Asian nation to operate the combat trainer.
A Mi-38T in VIP configuration. Two examples with "increased-comfort cabin configurations" have been ordered by an undisclosed customer, likely in the Middle East.
Ilyushin Il-96-400T RA-96101 is one of the aircraft that was originally planned to be converted into a tanker.
Among the naval-specific features of the Ka-52K are folding rotors, as demonstrated by '103'.
Ka-52K '104' equipped with the OES-52 optoelectronic targeting turret and L418-5 infrared jammers for self-defence.
The first and, so far, only Il-78M-90A is scheduled to complete its factory tests this May.
The Ka-62 has had its fair share of setbacks, but has now begun Russian certification tests and there are plans to re-engine it with an indigenous powerplant.
The Russian FPI foundation is financing development of a hybrid-propulsion aircraft at the Siberian Aviation Research Institute (SibNIA) in Novosibirsk. The FPI - Fond Perspektivnykh Issledovaniy or Foundation for Advanced Research Projects - is a state fund tasked with promoting high-risk research and development projects in the interests of Russian defence and state security. The new aircraft has been named Partisan, because, as FPI deputy CEO Vitaly Davydov told the Russian press: "It performs tasks important for partisan units." It is intended to deliver a payload of 1,102lb (500kg) over a distance of 621 miles (1,000km), taking off within a distance of just 164ft (50m). Two turboprop engines will drive the Partisan in cruise flight. In addition, ten small propellers operated by electric motors and activated during take-off are mounted on the wing. As well as the extra thrust, the electric motors generate airflow over the wing to increase lifting force. The first flight of a full-size Partisan demonstrator is scheduled for 2022. It remains to be seen which 'partisans' Russia intends to equip with these aircraft.