(RIA Novosti) - Over 60 Russian defense industry companies will present their products at the 2006 Farnborough International Airshow starting Monday, with the latest MiG fighter in the center of Russia's exposition, a defense-cooperation agency said Wednesday.
A spokesman for Russia's Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation said Russia would present the MiG-29M OVT (Fulcrum F) highly maneuverable air superiority fighter, which was shown for the first time in August 2005 during the MAKS Air Show outside Moscow, reports Trend.
The single-seat fighter, also marketed for export as the MiG-35, is powered by RD-33 OVT thrust vectoring control engines. The RD-33 OVT engines provide superior maneuverability capability to the aircraft enhancing its performance in close air-to-air engagements.
Russia's exposition at the show, which runs in the south of England through July 23, covers about 250 military products, including the RD-33 and RD-1700 aircraft engines, a simulator of the Mi-17B combat-transport helicopter, and the BARK-78 unit for automatic engine control, the spokesman said.
The MIG Corporation has proposed the MiG-29M single-seat and the MiG-29M2 twin-seat aircraft for the Indian Air Force's procurement order for 126 fighters. Mig-29M/M2 could be assembled locally by HAL if the Indian government finally selects this aircraft.
In early 2005, the U.S. administration approved the sale of the F-16 aircraft to Pakistan and therefore increased the stakes for the Mig-29M fighter.
Meanwhile, a deputy general director of Rosoboronexport, Russia's state-controlled arms exporter, played down fears that the Russian equipment could be arrested at the show in connection with a suit from a Swiss trading company, Noga, which claimed the Russian government, owed it almost $500 million.
"We have no fears that any [Russian] equipment will be arrested" Ivan Goncharenko said. "We have many legal regulations protecting the Russian defense industry's products overseas."
At the 2001 Paris International Airshow in Le Bourget a Russian Su-30 Flanker and MiG/AT trainer were forced to make an early exit after French authorities tried to enforce a court ruling in favor of Noga.