Russia’s aircraft manufacturers have taken centre stage on the first day of a major airshow near Moscow.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev who attended the MAKS International Aviation and Space Salon 2013 vowed to make the industry more internationally competitive.
The show opened with a number of deals made between Russian companies for the Sukhoi Superjet, which seats 100.
It is the first of its kind to be built since the fall of the Soviert Union.
Russia needs to replace hundreds of planes as increasing passenger numbers are driving up demand but many orders are going to foreign aircraft manufacturers.