MAKS Notebook

Not many air shows these days feature a nine-aircraft fast-jet formation, let alone a three-aircraft formation of supercruising stealth fighters, but MAKS, under way this week at Zhukovsky near Moscow, does. The opening day, Tuesday, was organizationally marred by a near-three-hour lockdown while Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev toured the exhibits, but there was still time to check out some of the new technology, and new-to-international-audiences technology, on show. 

My colleague Doug Barrie and I initially walked straight past three nondescript cargo containers:

blog post photo

This was of course the idea, since they later were opened up to reveal themselves as the Club-K missile system:

blog post photo

One segment of the outside exhibition was dominated by two massive surface-to-air radars belonging to the NIIRT 55Xh6ME complex, a multi-waveband group of radars associated with the long-range S-400 Triumph surface-to-air missile. The VHF Nebo-SVU is fairly well known: 

blog post photo

On the other hand, it was joined by a similarly large low-frequency radar (more details to follow) backed with a higher-band active electronically scanned array antenna. This system has not been seen previously. 

blog post photo

Also new was the S-350 Vityaz from Alamaz-Antey, a highly mobille system, smaller than the S-400, but using that system's 9M96E2 missile. The S-350 is carried in three modules -- the 50K6E command post, the 50N6E radar and the 12-round 50P6E launcher. A single command post can control two radars and up to eight launchers, and engage up to 16 aircraft or 12 missiles at a time.

blog post photo

blog post photo

Please or Register to post comments.

What's Ares?

Aviation Week editors blog their personal views on the defense industry.

A Century of Aviation Week

Aviation Week & Space Technology is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. In a series of blogs, our editors highlight editorial content from the magazine's long and rich history.


Aug 26, 2016

When Aviation Week Was Accused of Treason -- The Back Story Revealed 8

A 1957 revelation that the U.S. was tracking Soviet missile launches from a secret radar in Turkey has its roots in sleuthing of students from Kettering Grammar School in the UK....More
Aug 23, 2016

When Aviation Week Was Accused Of Treason 23

Aviation Week editors routinely get blowback when they write about sensitive topics, and the best example of that may be an October 1957 story that revealed the U.S. had been tracking Russian missile launches from advanced long-range radar units in Turkey....More
Blog Archive
Penton Corporate

Sponsored Introduction Continue on to (or wait seconds) ×