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“Everything is in order with the export of military aviation from Russia”: in the US press about clients of the Russian aircraft industry


Despite Indonesia's refusal to acquire Russian Su-35 fighters, in general, the Russian defense industry has a serious position in the global military market. aviation, primarily through sales in Asia.

This opinion is voiced in the publication Defense News, which notes that everything is in order with the export of military aviation from Russia:

The Russian aerospace industry thrives on lucrative exports to the Indo-Pacific region, selling multi-role fighters, light attack aircraft and helicopters to traditional customers and new customers.

One of the "visiting cards" of the Russian aviation industry, according to the US press, was the UTS / light attack aircraft Yak-130, which is quite popular. It is equipped with state-of-the-art avionics, including a flight control system and a digital cockpit, and can carry a range of missiles, guided and unguided bombs.

The Yak-130 is used by the Bangladesh, Laos and Myanmar air forces, which operate 11, 10 and 18 aircraft respectively. Vietnam has also begun receiving TCB data by ordering 12 vehicles. Thanks to the purchase of the Yak-130, Laos has the opportunity to protect its airspace for the first time since the late 1990s. Vietnam will use the new machine for training purposes instead of the outdated L-39 Albatros. Myanmar is said to have already deployed the Yak-130 in the fight against insurgents, along with Mi-35P attack helicopters also purchased from the Russian Federation.

However, as explained in the US press, China remains the largest market for the Russian aircraft industry, although, as indicated in the press, China's technological advances have led to a decrease in Beijing's interest in Russian platforms.

Until now, the “Achilles heel” of the Chinese military-industrial complex is dependence on Russian aircraft engines, but the forced creation of its own power plants will sooner or later weaken it.

The WS-10 engine has already received some J-10 and J-20 fighters. Y-20 military transport aircraft and Y-20U tankers were seen with WS-20 power plants. Flight tests of a national engine designed to replace the D-30KP on H-6K strategic bombers are underway.

Another market for the sale of products of Russian aircraft manufacturers is North Africa (Algeria, Egypt), the Middle East, as well as some Latin American countries.


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  1. Wedmak
    Wedmak 15 February 2022 13: 29
    If not for the US with its sanctions, it would be even more.
    1. knn54
      knn54 15 February 2022 14: 42
      Barter, credit - little joy.
      The line is narrow - there are no offers for PLO aircraft for transport workers. tankers.
      Let's wait for the 5th generation products.
      1. kot423
        kot423 15 February 2022 21: 08
        Quote: knn54
        no offers for PLO.transport aircraft. tankers

        No, and don't. We ourselves have cried their cat, it’s better to saturate our Air Force.
  2. Jacket in stock
    Jacket in stock 15 February 2022 13: 31
    The Russian aerospace industry is booming thanks to lucrative exports to the Indo-Pacific region,
    Indian happiness with the supply of Su30 is over.
    And what's next, no one knows.
    On ten Jacobs, it will not be possible to flourish especially.
    1. URAL72
      URAL72 15 February 2022 14: 42
      And then, I hope for the MiG-35. For India, his capabilities are enough, but they want more, because the greed of the fraer ruined it - the contract for Rafali cannot be called successful. This machine is quite suitable for Vietnam, Iran, Iraq and many other countries. Iraq's desire to take Rafal does not mean abandoning the MiG. Rather, it is envy of Egypt. Maybe Angola will order something - oil is getting more expensive ...
  3. Zaurbek
    Zaurbek 15 February 2022 13: 51
    Yak130 asks for Hephaestus and an aiming container ....... and with his data he could partially replace his older comrades.
  4. Serg Kam
    Serg Kam 15 February 2022 14: 00
    Somehow too few sales and too many rejections, for "everything is in order"
    India abandoned Su and bought Rafali.
    India is going to abandon shipborne MiGs, again in favor of the Rafales.
    Indonesia abandoned Su.
    Egypt abandoned Su.
    They write that Iraq also concluded an agreement on Rafali (instead of the MiG-35)
    Argentina abandoned the MiG in favor of the Jf-17.
    China itself is churning out new fighters.
    What's left? One only TCB Yak-130?
    So he is well pressed by his brother M-346 (which are bought both in Turkmenistan and in Azerbaijan and in Egypt).
    In general, we will see, but there are few reasons for optimism
    1. serguei france
      serguei france 20 February 2022 14: 02
      Argentina abandoned the MiG in favor of the Jf-17 ---- and where did you get the information, our engines are on the Jf-17
  5. rocket757
    rocket757 15 February 2022 14: 38
    “Everything is in order with the export of military aviation from Russia”: in the US press about clients of the Russian aircraft industry
    Traditional buyers, this is normal.
    The question is, how to attract customers even more?
    1. Roma 1977
      Roma 1977 16 February 2022 11: 55
      Only creating your sphere of influence from potential buyers. The "free market" games are over. Everyone spuds his sphere of influence, not letting strangers into it.
      1. rocket757
        rocket757 16 February 2022 14: 52
        This principle exists in all areas of trade.
        The market, of course, is global, but it began to be divided into zones and spheres a long time ago.