New Transport Aircraft from Russia

New Transport Aircraft from Russia 11 November, 2019

Russia has introduced a new platform, similar in design to the Antonov An-124 Ruslan (NATO code: Cock) transport aircraft. The aircraft, which can carry up to 180 tons of cargo in a long range, was named Slon. The Russian Central Aerodynamics Institute recently shared its first image from the transport aircraft. The model will be used in aerodynamic studies to test the design characteristics of a wind tunnel. At 1.63 meters long and 1.75-meter wingspan, the replica can be reconfigured to test various aerodynamic solutions with different tails, winglets or landing gear types. Slon is one of the biggest ambitions of the Russian aviation industry that currently does not have large aircraft, a task that was up to Ukrainian Antonov. With clashes between Russia and Ukraine in recent years, the relationship between the two countries has shuddered, damaging the operation of the An-124 jets, among other projects. President Vladimir Putin’s solution was to stimulate a homemade solution, the Slon, which closely resembles the An-124, with its high wings, four engines and fuselage shape. The Russian Central Institute of Aerodynamics project is more ambitious: it will use more powerful and economical PD-35 turbofans and composite-part construction to reduce its weight.

New Transport Aircraft from Russia

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