The St. Petersburg Times - Top Stories - St. Petersburg Plays Host to Naval Salon Friday, June 26, 2009 More than 350 firms from 28 countries have been participating in the Fourth International Naval Salon that opened in St. Petersburg this Wednesday, and is set to run through Sunday 28th. Exhibitors include well-known Russian firms such as United Shipbuilding Corporation, Rosoboronexport, Baltiisky Zavod marine engineers, Northern Wharf, Admiralteisky Wharfs, and the Rubin Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering. Companies from the Netherlands, India, Germany, Greece, Cyprus, Finland, and France are also participating in the salon. The exposition covers all aspects of shipbuilding and naval weapons manufacture, from propulsion system construction to naval aviation, navigation systems, hi-tech materials and the latest technologies. The show includes Russian and foreign vessels, two displays by the famed Russian formation flying team Russkiye Vityazi, and shelling demonstrations at the Rzhevka firing range. At the city’s Sea Terminal, visitors will be able to see Russian Navy ships, the British frigate St. Albans, the Spanish anti-torpedo ship Turia and French minesweepers Sagittaire and Pegase. Competitors will race for the Salon Prize at the sailing regatta taking place in parallel with the show. The salon also includes four international scientific conferences dedicated to shipbuilding. Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov explained that in recent years, the St .Petersburg Salon has made its name as one of the biggest events of its kind in the world. “The [St. Petersburg] salon is now one of the three major world navy salons,” Ivanov said at the opening ceremony, Interfax reported. Vladimir Vysotsky, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, said on Wednesday that in 2010-2011, the Russian Navy will be ready to present samples of new naval equipment at international exhibitions. “I hope that 2011 will be a turning point and that we’ll be able to show something that we haven’t ever exhibited before,” Vysotsky said. Vysotsky added that Russia plans to build aircraft carriers using new technologies that will form the backbone of “naval aviation complexes”. “The Russian Navy’s plan envisages the construction of new aircraft carriers, but rather than simply carrying jets, they should form the basis of whole naval complexes integrating space, aviation and navy components,” Vysotsky said, Interfax reported. Vysotsky said that the Russian Navy is currently at “the very beginning of the process of creating a new image for the Russian fleet.” Meanwhile, according to a press release from Rosoboronexport, the state company that produces military equipment for export, analysis of the foreign market reveals that up to 40 brand-new Russian submarines could be sold worldwide by 2015, RIA Novosti reported. “The export potential of Russia in this sector is very high thanks to project 636 and Amur-1650 submarines equipped with the Club-S integrated rocket system,” the press release stated. “These fourth-generation diesel submarines have a long range, good battle capabilities, and high maximum speed, and so they are generating a lot of interest from potential foreign buyers,” said Rosoboronexport.