The Russians (and Ukrainians) are coming – to Paris

The Paris air show organisers have today released an updated list of the aircraft which are expected to be on display at Le Bourget in a little over a fortnight. As expected, the cost-cutting effects of sequestration mean we won’t see the familiar US military “corral” familiar with most major shows from the recent years.

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So, what should we be getting excited about seeing? For me, the saving grace will be a promised strong static and flying presence by the Russian aerospace industry, with the Sukhoi Su-35 (above), Irkut Yak-130 and Kamov Ka-52 (below) all due to be in the air. There’s no mention of the PAK-FA/T-50, but I don’t think anyone seriously expected to see that beast outside of Russia just yet.

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There’s also the tantalising prospect of seeing the Antonov An-70 in the air, at the same show that we will see one of the French air force’s first two Airbus Military A400M Atlas transports taking part in the opening flypast. We’ll be doing our best to get any images showing the pair close to each other on the ground as aircraft take their spots on the static line.

Be sure to keep up with the action from Paris with Flightglobal, including via our Paris Air Show Live account on Twitter: @PAS_Live If it’s there, we’ll have it covered.


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