19 August 2005
Zhukovsky - MAKS
New type - 4-seat Laplan L-451 powered by an M-14X radial.
Another design from the same stable - the Laplan L-471 Amphibian - also
According to the brochure I picked up, turboprop versions of both are
Currently the world's largest helicopter - the Mi-26T in MChS
L-29 Delfin of the privately-run 'Sky Nights' aerobatic team.
I'm not sure about this - it looks like a Yak done up to look like an
Mil M-171Sh from the Ulan-Ude plant - note their 'prancing bear' design
nose armour plate.
Another Ulan-Ude Mil - this time a Mi-8AMTSh.
Mockup of the Mi-54.
Mil Mi-38 fresh from its early test flights.
Shavrov Sh-2 replica.
Kazan Helicopters Ansat.......
...... and their light piston-powered Aktai.
Brand new Antonov An-140 of, I think, Yakutiya Airlines.
Another An-140 - this time an Antonov demonstrator.
This Su-27 is an ex-Test Pilots machine fitted with a Salyut Al-31F
with a thrust vectoring nozzle in the port side. The starboard engine
This is a rival design to the NPO Saturn Al-31FP engines fitted to
The Al-31F was hooked up to a power unit - and cycled through its
routine... At MAKS 2003 - this engine was fitted to bort number 595 -
in LII's blue and grey colour scheme. I don't know if this is the same
machine re-painted in 'Test Pilots' colours, or whether the engine has
removed from 595 and put into this machine ?
A closer view of the thrust-vectoring nozzle......
....and a wider shot of the Su-27 showing the Salyut & UMPO logos.
Tuploev AS-2 'Airboat' - designed to operated on water, ice & snow !
Tu-154 testbed in Gromov/LII house colours.
MiG-AT being towed out to the flightline.
Antonov are offering upgrades to the ubiquitous An-24RV.
The warbirds movement is alive and well in Russia - this
Polikarpov Po-2 is presented by Rusavia....
....as was this MiG-3 - which is due to fly next year - possible
powered by an AM-35 engine.
Proof that the Myasischev M-55 'Geofisika' is still alive and well......
..... it is still finding work on atmospheric research.
Yak-54 aerobatic machine.
The first series-configured Yak-130 sporting its new, more rounded,
nose and other refinements.
Ka-60 - the development of which appears to be going nowhere...
..as does the Ka-50.
More successful is the Ka-226 - this is a Rolls-Royce Allison 250-C20R
powered machine operated by the gas giant Gazpromavia.
This Ka-226T uses a Snecma Turbomeca Arrius 2G2 engined - giving it a
better hot-and-high performance.
The SM-92 Turbo-Finist......
....and its web-footed stablemate.
On down to the MiG lineup. This is the MiG-29M2 two-seater.
The MiG-29K - being developed for the Indian Navy.
The MiG-29OVT has thrust-vectoring nozzles.
'Standard' MiG-29 9-13 Fulcrum-C looking almost boring amongst all the
new development prototypes.
MiG-29SMT in a new colour scheme - another development that appears to
be 'on hold' ?
The MiG-31 company demonstrator.
The Beriev Be-103 amphibian. This machine recently made a
record-breaking flight from Komsomolsk-na-Amour to St Petersbourg.
Meanwhile, down on the Sukhoi stand, this naval Su-33 totes two
S-25-OFM 340mm rockets on the starboard wing and
two S-8 80mm rockets on the port wing - as well having Sorbtsya ESM
pods on the wingtip pylons.
Closeup of the S-25-OFM heavy-calibre rockets on a twin mounting.
The 20-barrel B-8M1 pods containing the 80mm S-8 rockets - also on a
Bort 501 was the prototype Su-30MKK for China - now serving as a Sukhoi
demonstrator with the titles 'Su-30MK'
The steps and canopy are great for visiting dignitaries - but make it
useless for photographers!
The Sukhoi Su-39 has been around for a few years now.
Bort 48 is the latest Su-34 - or Su-32 as it says on the board
This Su-25SM is an upgrade ..............
.....as is this Su-24M.....
..... and this Su-27SM from Lipetsk!
All the salient recognition features of an upgraded Su-27SM are visible
in this shot - offset Infra-Red Search-&-Track ball in front of the
tiny ESM aerials on the leading edge slats - and none on the intake
sides - plus the darker metallic patches on the undersides of the
It is also fitted with a UOMZ 'Sapsan-E' (Peregrine Falcon) targeting
& laser designation pod under the port intake and an optronics pod
the straboard intake.
Tu-160 - named after Ivan Yarigin.
Anonymous looking MiG-31
Il-76TD-90VD fitted with PS-90 engines.
Two years ago this was just a mockup - now it is a flying prototype.
The Kazan Ansat-2RTs - or ARH as it says on the side.
Another shot of the Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter - based on the
Mi-8MTO Hip - upgraded with night-vision systems and a Ural Optics
Plant GOES-340 gyro-stabilised electro-optical turret.
Upgraded Mi-24PN with Zarevo FLIR in the nose. This machine has a fixed
undercarriage to save weight.
A closer look at the Mi-24PN.
Remember that VM-T at Ryazan ?? - well this is the other one.
Russian Air Force An-72 on the active end of the static flightline.
Mil Mi-28N being towed out for its display slot.
Another Hind upgrade - this time a Mi-35M - being towed out. Note the
Mi-28-style tail rotor.
Military Il-18 in Aeroflot title on the active ramp.
Kliper ('Clipper') Re-usable spacecraft :- Website
Pchela-1T UAV from the Yakovlev design bureau.
One of the Yak-130D prototypes - compare the differences to the
'production' version coded 02.
Tupolev Tu-160 named after Ivan Yarigin. The Russian AF nicknames the
Blackjack 'Belyy Lebed' (White Swan).
Closeup of the Sapsan-E pod under the Su-27SM.
MiG-29SMT - that lightning flash on the fin actually reads MiG in
'Plain Jane' MiG-29 Fulcrum-C.
Thrust-vectoring MiG-29 OVT - or VTC as it says on the starboard fin.
A closer look at the 360deg vectoring nozzles on the RD-33 engines of
the MiG-29 OVT
MiG-29K - naval version being sold to India.
Ka-226T with a flatbed platform in place of the pod.
Ka-226 of Gazpromavia.
This Su-24 belongs to LII (Gromov Flight Reserach Centre).
A neat little microlight.
Making my way back to the coach - with the sun going down and the
crowds thinning - it was a good time to photograph the exhibits from
the other side.
This is the Mi-38 basking in the evening sun........
............. and the Mi-54 mockup.
The mighty Halo ..............
.... and its 'bambi' bucket ....
Proof positive that the US-Russian Tu-144 testbed has not been sold on
Back to our waiting transport - No, not the Il-96, the silver coach -
the last in the parking lot!