Russian Aerobatic Team Rus to Demonstrate Piloting Skills in Skies of St. Petersburg


Russian aerobatic team Rus will demonstrate piloting skills in the skies of St. Petersburg. The 30-minute long air shows will be held on June 30 and July 3 – at the opening and closing ceremonies of the 5th International Maritime Defense Show (IMDS).

Pilots will fly L-39 training jet airplanes.

At the previous IMDS exhibitions the air show was performed by famous aerobatic teams Strizhi and Russian Knights.

The IMDS-2011 will be conducted since June 29 till July 3; fifteen ships of Russian Navy and FSB Coast Guard will be displayed near Vasilyevsky Island, St. Petersburg. Foreign frigates Hamburg (Germany), Van Amstel (Netherlands), and Carr (USA) are also expected to attend the exhibition.

Over 360 participants including 60 foreign ones will participate in IMDS-2011. The defense show arranged by Russia’s Ministry of Trade and Industry will be attended by representatives of defense ministry, foreign ministry, Federal Service for Military Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), St. Petersburg city administration, and Rosoboronexport.

The exposition will include defensive products of Russian and foreign companies, naval armaments and equipment. Business activities and visits to military factories are also scheduled. Demonstration firings of 10 naval gun systems will be shown at Rzhevka Range for accredited media agencies and official foreign delegations.


International Maritime Defense Show (IMDS-2011) is sponsored by Russian government. Initiator is Ministry of Trade and Industry. Organizer is JSC Morskoy Salon. IMDS is held once in two years and took place in St. Petersburg in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009.

The IMDS exhibition has stable dynamics of development and is in the three world’s top naval shows. It consolidates defense products of Russian and foreign companies, demonstration of naval arms and equipment, business activities, visiting of Russian defense industry assets, and VIP talks.

IMDS comprises all areas of naval arms and equipment – shipbuilding, powerplants, naval arms and navigational systems, naval aviation, ship basing infrastructure, new materials and technologies. Considerable display areas are given to companies producing equipment, instruments, electronic components, IT, and furnish consulting, financial, and insurance services in the area of ship-designing, shipbuilding and arms development.
Source: rusnavy, June 23, 2011;