The curtain has been raised on Russia’s biggest airshow, a shop window for the country’s ambitious plane-making programme. The MAKS 2007 exhibition in Zukhovsky, near Moscow, features both military and civil aircraft from among the world’s largest manufacturers.
President Putin said the event was the first of its kind due to the scientific discussions going on behind the scenes. One of the essential innovations of the exhibition, he said, is the active participation of scientists, engineers and constructors. The first few days are dedicated to business and contract signing.
Doors will open to the public on Friday. Russia has announced a massive regeneration of its ageing airborne fleet: 4,500 civilian and military planes are to be made within the next twenty years.