DUTERTE TO BUILD HELICOPTER FORCE, NAVAL SUBMARINE FLEET

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The Philippines is interested in buying Russian helicopters and submarines, with Russia planning to participate in all bids the country announces, said Viktor Kladov, head of the delegation of the Russian corporation Rostec on Tuesday.

The Philippines are showing interest in helicopters and submarines. Russia knows of Filipino plans to create a fleet of submarines, which is why they have an interest in the Airshow China 2018 exhibition, according to Kladov.

Kladov recalled that, in the middle of this year, Russia participated for the first time in a military exposition in the Philippine capital, Manila.

During his visit to Russia in 2017, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte expressed interest in advanced weapons of Russian production, including helicopters, airplanes, and precision guided weapons to resist the threat of terrorism.

Airshow China 2018 takes place in the Chinese city of Zhuhai between 6 and 11 November.

Elsewhere at the event the Russian Aviation Construction Corporation (AAC) and the China Commercial Aviation Corporation (COMAC) have presented a full-scale prototype of the CR929 aircraft.

“Today’s event is about the inauguration of the full-size prototype of our joint aircraft and the opportunity to personally visit the flight deck and check the organization of space in first class, business class and economy class. We have something for [potential buyers] to be interested in,” UAC president Yuri Slyusar told reporters.

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In addition to the cockpit, the airplane has three classes for passengers spanning 22 meters in length, 6.5 meters in height and 5.9 meters in width. In first class, there are two rows of seats, three rows – in business class and four rows in economy class; all classes feature entertainment system and interior design with a Chinese and Russian touch.

The CR929 program is currently in the preliminary design stage and selection of suppliers of basic systems and equipment, which should be completed before 2020, according to Maksim Litvinov, the Russian designer of the program.

In addition, he noted that according to the agreement with COMAC, the engineering center for the development of the long-haul aircraft will be located in Russia.

Russia and China are expected to start building the aircraft between 2025 and 2027. The cost of the program is estimated at between $13 billion and $20 billion. It is expected that the first flight will be held in 2025.

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