As the partner country of the Russian MAKS 2019 International Aviation and Space Salon, China has set up a stand-alone hall with Chinese exhibitors preparing for the exhibition’s opening on Tuesday.Photo: Liu Xuanzun/GT

About 20 Chinese exhibitors will showcase hardware such as a laser weapon and a stealth target drone at the 2019 Russian International Aviation and Space Salon (MAKS), which opens on Tuesday.

For the first time, China is the partner country of the biannual event, which takes place in Zhukovsky, about 40 kilometers from Moscow.

As the partner country, China has set up a stand-alone exhibition hall, with exhibitors preparing for the event’s opening on Tuesday evening.

Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC) will display aircraft such as the AG600 large amphibious aircraft, JF-17 fighter jet and Wing Loong drones.

The China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp will display missiles and a laser weapon. The LW-30 laser defense weapon system features a directional-emission high-energy laser to quickly intercept aerial targets such as photoelectric guidance equipment, drones, guided bombs and mortars.

Xi’an-based Northwestern Polytechnical University will showcase the LJ-1. It is a tactical target featuring sustained-G, long endurance, stealth and recoverability, and is capable of simulating third and fourth generation fighter jets and, depending on another commonly used classification, fifth generation fighter jets, according to introductory material MAKS provided.

Chinese exhibitors will also show space rockets, aero engines and passenger aircraft. 

Another big attraction of the event is the first-ever static display of Russia’s most advanced fighter jet, the Su-57, which arrived on Tuesday. 

Foreign media reported that Russia had offered China the Su-57E, a model of the export version of fighter jet Su-57, but there is no report of a Chinese response yet.