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Antonov An-124 Condor

Strategic airlifter

Antonov An-124

Currently the An-124 strategic airlifter is the world's largest military production aircraft



Entered service 1987
Crew 6 men
Dimensions and weight
Length 69.1 m
Wing span 73.3 m
Height 21 m
Weight (empty) 175 t
Weight (maximum take off) 405 t
Engines and performance
Engines 4 x ZMKB Progress D-18T turbofan engines
Traction (dry / with afterburning) 4 x 229.47 kN
Maximum cruising speed 865 km/h
Service ceiling 12 km
Range (with maximum payload) 4 500 km
Range (with 40 t payload) 12 000 km
Ferry range 16 000 km
Payload
Maximum payload 150 t
Troops 88 + 350 men
Cargo compartment dimensions 36 x 6.4 x 4.4 m

 

   The Antonov An-124 Ruslan (NATO designation Condor) is named after a legendary giant. It is broadly similar to the slightly smaller Lockheed C-5 Galaxy. Currently the An-124 is the world's largest production military aircraft. Only the one-off An-225 is bigger. Development of this long-range heavy transport plane started in 1971. It was intended to replace the turboprop-powered An-22 Antei. This airlifter made it's maiden flight in 1982 and entered service with the Soviet Air Forces in 1987. With it's introduction the An-124 has set a number of world records. A total of 54 Antonov An-124 Ruslan aircraft were delivered by late 1995. Currently over 40 are in service. Most of these aircraft are in commercial use and only a small number are assigned directly to the air transport arm of the Russian air forces. However there is provision for many civil-registered aircraft to be called into military service if necessary. Russia remains the only military operator of the Ruslan. Commercial An-124 aircraft were widely used carrying military cargo during NATO operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Recently a number of improved versions of the An-124 have been proposed. Production of this plane was stopped in the early 90s with the collapse of the Soviet Union, but might be resumed if there will be new orders.

   The An-124 has 25% larger payload capacity than the C-5 Galaxy. It accommodates 88 passengers in the upper deck. This aircraft can take additional 350 passengers in the cargo compartment, seated on a palletized seating system. The cargo hold of this strategic airlifter can carry virtually any load, including virtually all Russian armored combat vehicles, helicopters, and other oversized cargo. The cargo hold has a titanium floor. Nose of the aircraft folds upwards. The aircraft can kneel in a nose-down position to ease loading and unloading operations. Also there are large loading doors at the rear. There is a 30 t capacity on-board overhead crane. Items up to 120 t can be winched on board. Maximum payload capacity of this aircraft is 150 t.

 

 
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