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’s Defense Budget Set To Decline 27% 
Russia’s defense spending will begin to decrease for the first time in a decade, but the drop-off is coming at a time when its forces are showcasing their strength.
Sukhoi Begins Su-35 Deliveries to China  29
The Sukhoi Su-35 is taking its place as China’s most powerful fighter, following the beginning of deliveries on Dec. 25.
Russian Defense Budget To Drop By 27% In 2017  2
The cost of operational demands—from Eastern Ukraine to Syria—are adding up
Irkut MC-21 on the final assembly line.
UAC Doubling Aircraft Production 
Russian state-owned aircraft manufacturer United Aircraft Corp. wants to increase revenues from commercial products and become a profitable business that is less dependent on government subsidies.
Russian Navy Receives First Modernized Ka-27M Helicopter 
The Russian navy has received its first modernized Kamov Ka-27M antisubmarine warfare helicopter, manufacturer Russian Helicopters says.
IL-76MD-90A Transport Prepares For Final Trials 
The Russian air force’s new transport aircraft, the Ilyushin IL-76MD-90A, is preparing for its final tests prior to delivery.
Russian Military Receives First Buk-M3 Brigade 
The Russian armed forces have rearmed one brigade with the newest modification of the Buk medium surface-to-air missiles.
Aeroflot Cancels Order For 787s, Favors 777s And A350s 
Russia’s largest airline, Aeroflot, has canceled orders for Boeing 787s and will rely on the much larger Boeing 777 and Airbus A350 for long-haul flights.
First Test Starts For Sukhoi T-50’s New Engine 
Russia’s United Engine Corporation (UEC) has performed the first ground test start of the new engine for Sukhoi’s T-50 fifth-generation fighter.
MC-21 Continues Toward First Flight 
The aircraft’s second prototype has been delivered to the TsAGI research institute near Moscow for static tests.
Russian Demonstrator Breaks Helicopter Speed Record 
A high-speed demonstrator designed by Russian Helicopters has reportedly achieved a speed of 405 kph. (251 mph).
Could Russo-Chinese Widebody Beat Competition On Operating Costs?  5
UAC will build the wing of a widebody aircraft for the 2020s while Comac makes the fuselage. Final assembly will be in Shanghai, Comac’s home.
Political Isolation Benefits Russian MRO Sector  2
Russian airline traffic may have taken a hit due to economics and sanctions, but it is another story for local MROs.
Russia Anticipates New Tanker Prototype Before 2017  7
The new air force platform is based on the IL-76.
Aeroflot Expects Improved 2016 Results 
Despite the contraction of the Russian air transport market, Aeroflot, the country’s largest airline, expects traffic growth and good financial performance in 2016.
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