I am happy that air display team Al Fursan from UAE will be able to showcase our aircraft Аermacchi MB-339 at MAKS. The Italian testing center has repeatedly taken part in MAKS. Of course, we have never brought fighter planes to Moscow: we know what is produced in Russia and we understand that the market would be difficult for us, put it mildly.
I have heard a lot about MAKS: “spectacular aeroshow, constantly improving”. I know that MAKS has an amazingly long runway and is very comfortable for flights. Our aeroshows currently face a problem with flights. We do not fly much these days – both in Bourget and Farnborough. There is a host of restrictions: one cannot fly high, one cannot fly far. The same case in Berlin, Dubai, Singapore. This is why people do not follow flights, they are busy, always on the run. MAKS has fewer restrictions and is more focused on the flight program. In general, we need “fresh” aeroshows that would bring us closer to airplanes, to the high sky.
June 19, 2017
Our co-operation with Russia is longstanding. Russia is one of the world’s greatest space powers. We do a lot together. French astronaut Thomas Pesquet has just returned to earth. Soyuz project in French Guiana is an outstanding achievement. We face good outlooks in academic fields, for example, microgravity studies.
It is true though that CNES does not have an established tradition of participation in MAKS because this show in Moscow is or at least used to be considered as focused on the military subject. However, the power of space co-operation with Russia features its own dynamics. Of course, we all serve out governments and we are very attentive to their instructions. But I am confident that notwithstanding the challenges, exchanges with Russia will continue.
Human connections, relations that have existed between French and Russian engineers and scientists will grow all the time and will be our infinite source of new ideas. CNES is committed to working with most space agencies of the world and working with the best ones. This is why Russia is definitely one of the most important countries. 20 June 2017
June 20, 2017
JEAN-PASCAL LE FRANC
Director for the Programs of International Co-operation
and Quality National Centre for Space Studies
MAKS is one of the most important aeroshows. It is new to us in the sense that it offers new market opportunities. At the same time, we already know it: I was in Zhukovsky many years ago.
As I see it, Zhukovsky is a legendary and historical site. A brand. It breathes the history of the Russian aviation. It is its symbol. It is what NASA is to Americans: all the aviation and space achievements, knowledge, breakthroughs are collected in one point. It does not need explanations. Zhukovsky is Zhukovsky.
June 20, 2017
When we are talking about knowledge and science, there are no borders. Any type of collaboration is welcome: technology is growing so fast that we need cooperation, all the partners we can get. Russian scientists have been partners to Europe for many years and we hope it will be the same for a long time.
MAKS business briefings are very interesting. I hope our industry will be present. It's easy when you start as a supplier. Our priority is to get the Portuguese industry in touch with industries with a lot of knowledge, science and technology. And aviation is one of the top industries in that respect. So briefings are a very interesting opportunity.
June 20, 2017
The Secretary of state for Industry
We work with TSAGI, we are always in touch and we try to develop our relations. We believe that TSAGI is one of the main research centers in aviation, the same as German DLR or French ONERA. So, we are on the lookout for the topics of mutual interest, in particular, in aerodynamics and modelling.
I take personal pride in our co-operation with TSAGI. They are highly competent. Our doors to collaboration with Russian institutes are wide open. When I talk to aviation engineers and I mention Zhukovsky – the place where Russian research institutes develop new research techniques and improve available development - everyone know it. Zhukovsky is both history and future.
As to business briefings of this year at MAKS... Well, European suppliers take part in the design of Russian airplanes. Airbus has always tried to establish partnership with the Russian industry and suppliers. We are looking forward to the day when consolidation of processes in the Russian aviation industry provides additional opportunities, for example deliveries of titanium by VSMPO-AVISMA and joint work on next-generation airplanes. We would be happy to get packaged supplies of air frame components or maybe even equipment from Russia.
June 21, 2017