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Air show inspires Russian aviation

By Xinhua in Moscow | China Daily | Updated: 2013-08-29 07:28

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday that Russia must strengthen its leading position in the world aviation and space market.

He made the comments as he opened the MAKS-2013 international aviation and space show in the city of Zhukovsky near Moscow.

"Today, it is important to make every effort to strengthen the leading positions of Russian aircraft techniques in the world market, to pay special attention to improving the production base ... the aviation and space industry, and expansion of their export opportunities," Medvedev said.

He said the air show would increase Russia's global position as a pioneer in space exploration and a creator of unique aircraft.

According to Medvedev, Russia's aviation market currently exceeds one trillion roubles ($30 billion) and is growing.

"It is obvious that despite various problems and crises, this market's volume will grow," he told the International Aviation Congress, part of the event.

The MAKS-2013 air show kicked off in Zhukovsky, with flight programs to be held at the airfield of the country's major national testing facility, Gromov Flight Research Institute.

The six-day event showcases the products of more than 1,000 aerospace enterprises from 44 countries and regions and includes aerial demonstrations for industry experts and the public.

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