Tuesday, May 18, 2010

US is Considering Russian Proposal of Joint Production of An-124 Condor: Russian Deputy Prime Minister

The United States is considering a Russian proposal on the joint production of An-124 Condor heavy-lift transport aircraft, a Russian deputy prime minister said. The An-124 was designed by the Antonov Design Bureau in 1982, and was produced in Ukraine's Kiev and Russia's Ulyanovsk plants until 1995. Although there are no An-124s being built at present, Russia and Ukraine have reportedly agreed to resume production in the future.

"We have discussed a full-scale project, which includes the joint production of the plane, setting up a joint venture, shared rights, sales to Russian and American customers - both civilian and military - and the creation of a scheme for post-production servicing," Sergei Ivanov told reporters in Washington.The An-124 is similar to the American Lockheed C-5 Galaxy, but has a 25% larger payload.The aircraft has a maximum payload of 150 metric tons with a flight range of around 3,000 kilometers (1,864 miles)...............................................Read More

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