The Russian aircraft producer Tupolev is expecting a few large orders for aircraft supplies to come in the near future. In particular, ten Tu-204-300 airplanes are sought after by the Transaero airline, Tupolev's General Director Igor Shevchuk told RBC. A corresponding contract for supplying four of these aircraft will be signed at the MAKS-2003 international aviation and space show to be held in Zhukovsky, a city in the Moscow region, on August 19 to 24. In addition, according to Shevchuk, the company will sign a contract with the Pulkovo airline for supplying twenty Tu-334 airplanes at the show.
Moreover, Tupolev remains on track to supply the Egyptian company Sirocco with twenty-five Tu-204-120 airplanes stocked with Rolls-Royce engines. The Russian company is also constructing five aircraft for Chinese airlines, the first out of five is due out by the end of 2003.
Representatives of the Israeli Defence Ministry responded to recent reports about the possible delivery of S-300 SAM systems from Russia to Syria. Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel would destroy those systems
Russia is to start supplying S-300 air defence systems to Syria in the near future. The shipments will be conducted free of charge