Antonov An-124

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The Antonov An-124 Ruslan (Ukrainian: Антонов Ан-124 "Руслан") (NATO reporting name: Condor) is a strategic airlift jet aircraft. It was designed by the Antonov design bureau in the Ukrainian SSR, then part of the Soviet Union (USSR). Until the Boeing 747-8F, the An-124 was, for thirty years, the world's highest aircraft gross weight production cargo airplane and second heaviest operating cargo aircraft, behind the one-off Antonov An-225 (a greatly enlarged design based on the An-124). The An-124 remains the largest military transport aircraft in the world.

During development it was known as Izdeliye 400 (Product #400) in house, and An-40 in the West. First flown in 1982, civil certification was issued on December 30th, 1992. In July 2013, twenty-six An-124s were in commercial service with ten on order.

Variants[edit | edit source]

  • An-124 Ruslan: Strategic heavy airlift transport aircraft.
  • An-124-100: Commercial transport aircraft.
  • An-124-100M-150: Commercial transport version fitted with Western avionics
  • An-124-102: Commercial transport version with an EFIS flight deck
  • An-124-115M: Planned new variant with EFIS based on Rockwell Collins avionic parts
  • An-124-130: Proposed version
  • An-124-135: Variant with one seat in the rear and the rest of the cargo area (approx. 1,800 square feet) dedicated to freight
  • An-124-150: New variant with increased payload (150 tonnes)
  • An-124-200: Proposed version with General Electric CF6-80C2 engines, each rated at 59,200 lbf (263 kN)
  • An-124-210: Joint proposal with Air Foyle to meet UK's Short Term Strategic Airlifter (STSA) requirement, with Rolls-Royce RB211-524H-T engines, each rated 60,600 lbf (264 kN) and Honeywell avionics—STSA competition abandoned in August 1999, reinstated, and won by the Boeing C-17A.
  • An-124-300: Variant ordered by the Russian Air Force with new avionics, a new improved braking system and a payload of 150 tonnes.

Users[edit | edit source]

  • Libya
    • Libyan Arab Air Cargo
    • Libyan Air Force
  • Russia
    • Aeroflot Russian International Airlines
    • Ayaks Cargo (Ayaks Polet Airlines)
    • Polet Airlines
    • Rossiya Airlines
    • Russian Air Force
    • Transaero Airlines
    • Volga-Dnepr
  • Soviet Union
    • Aeroflot Soviet Airlines
    • Soviet Air Force
  • Ukraine
    • Antonov Airlines
    • Ukrainian Air Force
  • United Arab Emirates
    • Maximus Air Cargo
  • United Kingdom
    • Air Foyle
    • Antonov AirTrack
    • HeavyLift Cargo Airlines
    • Titan Cargo
    • TransCharter Titan Cargo

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