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An-124 Ruslan  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1987
Maiden Flight: 24 December 1982
Total Production: 60
Also Known As: An-124 Condor, An-124-100, An-124-100BC, An-124-100M-150 and An-124BC
Origin: Russia
Corporations: Antonov ASTC and Aviastar-SP
Parent System: An-124
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1987
Maiden Flight: 24 December 1982
Total Production: 60
Family Members: An-225 Mriya
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Description: The Antonov AN-124 Ruslan, dubbed Condor by NATO, was designed to meet the requirements for an strategic airlift for the Soviet Air Force. It features a front and rear ramps for quick loading and unloading operations as well as onboard load handling equipment which allows load and unload without using airfield facilities. Its huge payload enables An-124 to airlift main battle tanks, several armored vehicles, and heavyweight equipment which are out of limit for medium-sized aircraft. The An-124 Ruslan is the Soviet counterpart to the US Air Force C-5 Galaxy large cargo aircraft despite the Ruslan surpasses the cargo capacity of its American counterpart. This aircraft has double-deck layout with the upper deck containing crew compartments and the lower deck a pressurized cargo compartment. It owns several airlift world records such as the delivery of the heaviest single cargo piece ever carried by air (a power generator weighting 135.2-t).

The Ruslan was developed primarily to fulfill the needs of military customers with secondary cargo role for civil aviation, basically operated by the Soviet Union's Aeroflot airline. The An-124-100 designation refers to a variant intended for the commercial market transporting heavy and oversized cargoes which entered service in 1992. About 26 of -100 model were produced until 2004 for commercial operation. During the 1990s and early 2000s the An-124 was actively carrying commercial payloads or military payloads for European countries lacking in strategic airlift capability. Antonov developed a further version for the commercial market known as the An-124-100M-150 which is able to carry payloads between 120 and 150 tons. This improved An-124 can take off with a gross weight of 402 tons (420 tons foreseen) instead of 392 tons of previous models. Carrying a 120 tons payload the range has been increased from 4,650 km to 5,500 km. The new service life of 40,000 flight hours compared with 24,000 of the baseline An-124. New avionics, reinforced landing gear and other improvements were provided as well. It is expected that the D-18T series 3 powering the most modern An-124 will be replaced by series 4 in the An-124-100M-150 model.

Russia's sponsored An-124 Aerial Launch project was aimed at delivering a satellite Carrier Rockets (CR) at high altitude facilitating costs reduction for putting into orbit missions. To do so, Antonov developed the An-124-100BC, also called An-124BC, model as the carrier rocket aerial launch platform. The An-124BC is a modified An-124-100 with the aircraft's tail end removed; a different cargo hatch construction; power supply and radio system removed; and addition of equipment for carrying and launching the Carrier Rocket (CR). The Carrier Rocket should be able to put into orbit payloads of 3 - 4 tons in low orbits; 1.5 - 1.7 tons in geotransitional orbits; and 600 - 800 kg into geosynchronous orbits. As of June, the Aerial Launch project is still under development.

The An-124 entered service with the Soviet Air Force in 1987. Currently the An-124 and the Il-76 form the backbone of the Russian Air Force tactical transport aircraft fleet. They are expected to remain in service well into the 21st century. The Russian Air Force intends to replace the An-124 and Il-76 transports by a single aircraft, some sources suggested this new transport aircraft to be the Il-106, beginning in the 2010-2020 timeframe. Like many other programs in the Russian armed forces this replacement will depend on funds availability. As of early 2009 the Russian Air Force plans call for the upgraded versions of the Il-76 and An-124 aircraft to remain as the core of the strategic airlift capacity through 2030-2040.

Antonov ASTC announced that the An-124 production line was again opened thanks to orders coming from Russian airlines, Poliyot and Volga-Dnepr, for five An-124-100M-150 aircraft each. All in ten An-124-100M-150 were set to be manufactured and delivered to both Russian carriers. This announcement was made public in August 2005 during MAKS 2005 international exhibition in Moscow, Russia. In January 2006, NAMSA (NATO Maintenance and Support Agency) and Ruslan SALIS GmbH, a company representing ANTONOV ASTC (Ukraine) and Volga-Dnepr (Russia), signed the SALIS (Strategic Airlift Interim Solution) program agreement. Under SALIS, two AN-124-100 airplanes will be constantly based in Leipzig airport, Germany, and another 4 aircraft will be put on disposal by request. The AN-124-100s will carry out strategic transportations in support of the European Community and NATO through 2012.

An-124 Ruslan Specifications

Crew: 4
Number of Engines: 4
Service Life Flight Hours: 50,000
Service Life Flights: 10,000
Height: 21 meter (69 foot)
Length: 69 meter (226 foot)
Wingspan: 73 meter (240 foot)
Ceiling: 11,600 meter (38,058 foot)
Max Range: 14,400 kilometer (7,775 nautical mile)
Min Range: 5,400 kilometer (3,356 mile)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 853 kph (461 KTAS)
Service Life: 45 year
Cargo: 150,000 kilogram
Max Takeoff Thrust: 206,880 pound (93,841 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 420 ton (925,926 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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An-124 Ruslan News

There are 16 news between
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Tuesday, June 26, 2018UAC Launches Program to Develop Super-Heavy Transport Aircraft
Thursday, June 7, 2018Russian Air Force to Get Three Il-476 and an Upgraded An-124 Airlifters in 2018
Sunday, June 25, 2017Russian Air Force to Get New Yermak Strategic Transport Aircraft by 2024
Wednesday, June 17, 2015Volga Dnepr Group Signs MoU for 20 Boeing 747-8 Freighters
Thursday, May 31, 2012Russian Air Force to Receive 60 Antonov An-70 Turboprop Aircraft by 2020
Friday, March 4, 2011NATO Submarine Rescue System Deployed by Air for the First Time
Wednesday, October 27, 2010Antonov and UAC Establish Joint Venture on An-148, An-70 and An-124-100 Airplanes
Monday, July 19, 2010Russian Air Force May Purchase 20 An-124 Ruslans Between 2011 and 2020
Wednesday, August 5, 2009Russian Air Force Outlines Future Force Structure by 2020-2025
Monday, December 29, 2008Antonov An-124 NATO SALIS Program Extended Through End of 2010

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