Uninvited from air shows in the West due to Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine, the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) took advantage of the ‘neutrality’ of the United Arab Emirates to participate in the 2023 Dubai Airshow.
The state-owned company, which is the parent company of Russia’s main aircraft manufacturers, took some aircraft to Dubai, the main highlight being the Il-76MD-90A military transport jet.
The four-engine aircraft developed by Ilyushin at the time of the Soviet Union received improvements in avionics, structure and above all the engines, now PS-90A-76 turbofans, with a greater bypass ratio and power.
It is the first time that a Russian aircraft of this class has been presented abroad since 1994, said Rostec, which controls the UAC.
According to the company, the Il-76MD-90A has 70% of its systems and parts updated. The cockpit has multifunctional screens instead of analog instruments and the aircraft also received a new defense system…
“We consider the Middle East to be one of the important regions for promoting our products. And if at previous exhibitions we showed our civil and military programs, this year we demonstrated for the first time the Il-76MD-90A(E) heavy transport aircraft. UAC is one of the few companies in the world that has advanced competencies in all segments of aircraft manufacturing,” noted Yuri Slyusar, General Director of PJSC UAC.
Russia also sent the Ka-32A11M helicopter for firefighting, the Ka-53 for reconnaissance and attack and the civil model Mi-171A3 to Dubai. The air show’s flight demonstrations include the “Russian Knights” aerobatic team with Su-35S and Su-30SM fighters.