Greetings to guests and participants

I welcome organizers, participants and guests of the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2017!

The aviation industry is rightly a source of national pride for many generations of Russians. One can see the growing contribution of aircraft manufacturers to the transformation of our economy. It is impossible to overestimate the importance of the industry in ensuring the defense capability of our country. Today we are facing a major task to strengthen positions in the global market, which requires tireless work on creation of advanced samples of equipment, introduction of advanced technologies and modernization of production.

For the past quarter of a century the airfield of the LII Institute named after M.M. Gromov became a venue for international exhibitions where we display our new products, discuss with our partners the implementation of ambitious projects, sign multi-billion contracts. Providing opportunities for business communication, MAKS contributes to finding answers to the challenges of tomorrow, to identify ways of aircraft development, sharing professional experience.

The salon acquired significantly for the development of personnel's potential of the industry. The exhibition and air show traditionally attract a great interest of young people, provide an opportunity to get acquainted with products of leading enterprises. In turn, such initiatives as "Student's Day" and the section "High School Science and Scientific/Technical Creativity of Youth" help in a professional guidance. I have no doubt that a new generation of engineers, designers and workers will be able to raise the aircraft industry to the highest level.

I wish the organizers and participants of the exhibition the success in its conduct, the implementation of drawn-up plans, interesting business communication and achievement of positive results.

The President of the United Aircraft Corporation

Yuri Slyusar

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