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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Organizers Promise Spectacular Air Show

Organizers of the 6th Moscow Aviation and Space Show on Tuesday promised a breathtaking show packed with stunts -- and for the first time the presence of several U.S. fighter jets.

"The show will have a rich aerial program ... better than at Le Bourget," Industry, Science and Technology Minister Ilya Klebanov said at a news conference, referring to the Paris Air Show.

More than 200 aircraft, including 47 foreign jets, will be on display at MAKS, which kicks off next Tuesday. Flying alongside MiG-29s and Su-27s piloted by the air force's Russian Knights and Swifts stunt teams will be F-15 jets sent by the U.S. Defense Department, while F-16 and B-52 planes will be parked on the tarmac.

France's Patrouille de France and Italy's Frecee Tricolori teams will also do their swirls in the sky.

More than 660 companies from 38 countries will take part in the show, including 165 foreign firms such as Boeing, Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Thales, Klebanov said. This is one-fifth more participants than at the previous show in 2001. The show area at the Zhukovsky airfield will grow by one-third to 17,500 square meters.

"We haven't seen such a scale at MAKS before," Klebanov said.

The main spotlight of the show will be on jet maker AVPK Sukhoi, its chief Mikhail Pogosyan said at the same news conference.

Sukhoi will show off upgrades made to jets for the Russian air force and foreign customers and its work on a next-generation fighter jet.

Officials were mum whether any contracts would be signed this year. Russian Aviation and Space Agency chief Yury Koptev said the show will be used mainly as a platform to negotiate cooperation and possible future deals.

The European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co. has promised to announce a few cooperation deals with Russian partners at the event.

The first three days of the show will be open to aerospace industry officials, while the public will be welcomed Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the closing day.

Tickets for industry officials on the first three days cost 770 rubles per day, while weekend tickets cost 200 rubles for adults and 50 rubles for children.

Organizers expect at least 200,000 visitors per day.

Buses to the Zhukovsky airfield outside Moscow will run from the Otdykh and the 42 km train stops. Trains to those stops depart from Kazansky Station.