Maxim Pyadushkin

Maxim Pyadushkin
Russia Correspondent,
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Maxim holds a key position at AW&ST’s Russian partner – Air Transport Observer magazine ( In the past he was in charge of several ATO’s sister aerospace publications and earlier worked for Moscow-based CAST defense think-tank.
Maxim has a degree on international relations from MGIMO University, Moscow, Russia, and for several years worked at the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Russia, China Agree On Super Heavy Helicopter 
Russia says China will act as an investor—wording that suggests that Russia will provide know-how while China pays. Russia has no requirement for the aircraft, so Beijing and Avic are obviously driving the whole program.
Saudi Arabia To Produce Antonov Transports 
The Ukrainian manufacturer has signed an agreement with Taqnia Aeronautics, a subsidiary of Saudi’s Taqnia investment fund, on the design and manufacture of An-132 light transport aircraft.
Russia And China Sign Heavy Rotorcraft Development Agreement 

MOSCOW — Russia and China officially launched the joint development of a new heavy helicopter with a framework agreement signed May 8 between Russian Helicopters and Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Moscow.

Russia, China To Agree On Heavy Helicopter In May 
Russia and China plan to sign an agreement on joint development of a new heavy transport helicopter in May, Russia Vice Premier Dmitry Rogozin says.
Antonov Rolls Out An-178 Airlifter 
Ukraine’s aircraft manufacturer Antonov rolled out the first prototype of the An-178 transport aircraft on April 16. The first flight is scheduled for early May.
Russia Cuts VAT On Domestic Flights To Boost Airlines 
Russia’s airlines, feeling the adverse effects of a falling ruble and weakening traffic, are seeking tax relief and other help from the government
Russia Cuts VAT For Domestic Flights 

MOSCOW—The Russian government took another step to support national air carriers that face shrinking passenger demand and financial difficulties. 

Rosoboronexport Official Confirms S-400 Sales To China 
China became the first export customer for Russia’s new S-400 long range air defense missile system, says Anatoly Isaikin, the head of government arms trade agency Rosoboronexport.
Russian Air Force Confirms MiG-35 Purchase Plans 
The Russian air force will upgrade its fleet of Fulcrum fighters with a MiG-35 variant, Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov has confirmed.
Russian Government Puts Cash Infusion Into United Aircraft Corp. 
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on March 27 that the state-owned corporation would receive an infusion of 100 billion rubles ($1.7 billion) as capital.
Russian Naval Ka-52K Helicopter Begins Flight Trials 
The Russian defense ministry has confirmed that the naval version of the Ka-52 coaxial attack helicopter has begun factory trials, despite uncertainty with delivery of the French-made Mistral-class landing docks on which the aircraft initially was to be based.
Bishwo Airways To Order Superjet 100s 
The Nepal-based start-up carrier plans to operate the aircraft in a two-class 93-seat configuration.
UAC Wants Government Money For Russo-Chinese Widebody
In spite of earlier calls to eliminate state financing, Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation will seek government funding for the development of the new widebody aircraft it plans to build in cooperation with Chinese civil aircraft manufacturer Comac.
Russo-Chinese Widebody Concept Design Underway 12
A joint widebody airliner project between Russia and China is one step closer to coming to fruition.
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