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Take-off magazine special edition for Aero India 2017
Dear reader,

This issue of the Take-Off magazine, a supplement to Russian national monthly aerospace magazine VZLET, has been timed with Aero India 2017 air show to be held in the "capital city" of India's aviation - Bengaluru. Russian aircraft have been delivered to India for more than half century. Since the 1960s, the bulk of the Indian Air Force's fighter and fighter-bomber fleets has been made up by MiG and Sukhoi aircraft, with a large number of the MiG-21 fighters and MiG-27M fighter-bombers were made in India and a licence production of one of the world's best fighters, the Su-30MKI, here in India is now underway. Multirole supermanoeuvrable Sukhois still under assembly in India will remain in service with IAF until mid-century at least. Hopefully all disputed issues and contradictions on co-development and co-production of the future Russo-Indian fifth-generation fighter will be solved soon, so our countries will once again show the impressive example of cooperation in such innovative sphere.

Licence production of the Russian combat aircraft is only one of the signs of the surging cooperation between the two countries. In late 1990s Indo-Russian joint venture BrahMos Aerospace, a developer and manufacturer of cutting-edge BrahMos supersonic cruise missile system, launched its operations. Later on, a range of other important agreements concerning joint aerospace programmes has been signed.

Last year, Russia's MiG Corp. completed the deliveries of all 45 MiG-29K/KUB carrierborne fighters to the Indian Navy to equip the air wings of the Vikramaditya carrier joined Indian Navy in 2014 and the future Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) Vikrant to be commissioned by December 2018. MiG Corp. is also involved in the programme of upgrading the entire fleet of IAF MiG-29 fighters being held here under the popular motto "Make in India". India needs more medium class fighters and more carrier-borne aircraft, so, probably, MiG will still have a lot to do in India in future.

A year ago Rosoboronexport and Russian Helicopters holding company fulfilled a contract to deliver a new huge batch of Mi-17V-5 helicopters to India. All in all, 151 rotorcraft of the type were delivered to India for the last five years (in 2011-2015) so the country has become one of the most important customers of our helicopters. A new intergovernmental agreement to provide Indian Air Force and Indian Army with 200 Kamov Ka-226T light multipurpose helicopters, 160 of which will be assembled in India under Russian licence, is one more evidence of the fact.

All these and some other programmes of Russian-Indian aerospace cooperation became the main topics of this issue. By tradition, you can find also here a brief rundown on some other recent news and achievements of the Russian aerospace industry over past several months.

I wish all the exhibitors and visitors of Aero India 2017 interesting meetings, useful contacts and lucrative contracts! See you again at next air shows!


Andrey Fomin,
Take-Off magazinef
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