Антонов Ан-124 Военные Грузовой самолет

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Antonov An-124 Ruslan (Condor) Military Cargo Aircraft

by Tim Wing

The Antonov An-124 Ruslan (UEDF reporting name: Condor) is a strategic airlift jet aircraft. It was designed by the Antonov design bureau in the Ukrainian SSR, in 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 was flown by the Soviet Air Force and various commercial carriers throughout its career. During the unification period from 1999-2011, the An-124 also enjoyed a great amount of commercial success. It was flown by Aeroflot in the Soviet Union, Libyan Arab Air Cargo in Libya, Maximus Air Cargo in the United Arab Emirates and Air Foyle and HeavyLift Cargo Airlines in the United Kingdom. During the reconstruction period, the An-124 found itself to be in high demand. So much so that the production line was reopened in the Ukrainian SSR for a run of approximately 80 more aircraft. The An-124 stayed in military service until the Invid Invasion, and continues to fly today with the civilian carrier Air Cargo Ukraine.

  • Role: Transport aircraft
  • National origin: Soviet Union
  • Manufacturer: Antonov, Ulyanovsk Aviation Industrial Complex
  • First flight: 26 December 1982
  • Introduction: 1986
  • Status: Retired
  • Primary users: Soviet Air Force
  • Produced: 1982–2011, 2016-2020
  • Number built: 164
  • Unit cost: $100 million (in adjusted 2070 International Credits)
  • Developed into: Antonov An-225


General characteristics

  • Crew: 4–6 (pilot, copilot, navigator, senior flight engineer (+flight engineer, radio man) + 2 loadmasters)
  • Capacity: up to 438
  • Payload: 150,000 kg
  • Length: 68.96 m
  • Empty weight: 175,000 kg
  • Max. takeoff weight: 405,000 kg
  • Powerplant: 4 × Progress D-18T turbofans, 229.5 kN (51,600 lbf) each


  • Maximum speed: 865 kph
  • Range: 5,200 km




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