The Soviet-made An-12 medium-sized transport aircraft is considered a worthy competitor to the US C-130 Hercules, but due to the high age, this "pack of horses" has arrived. instead of, replace.
Russian news agency RIA Novosti quoted the defense industry as saying, "The decision on the concept of a new medium-sized military transport aircraft has been made. It is necessary to complete the necessary documents." next".
The source added that the achievements of several design offices in the Unified Aircraft Manufacturing Group (UAC) will be used in creating a promising muscle transport.
It was previously reported that design offices would create a promising medium-sized military transport aircraft for the Russian Ministry of Defense, a timeline determined in September 2019.
But according to the results of the UAC Scientific and Technical Council meeting in late September 2019, the winning party between Ilyushin and Tupolev has not been determined and the decision was postponed until the end of November 2019.
In December 2019, UAC CEO Yuri Slyusar said in an interview with RIA Novosti that the new medium-class freighter is expected to be created by the end of the 2020s.
According to Mr. Slyusar, within the competition organized by UAC, the concepts and the appearance of two options for the project were presented, a preliminary design was also created, but the final decision has not been made yet. was given at that time.
The Antonov An-12 (NATO designation of the Cub) is a medium-sized transport aircraft using four propellers, which is a military version of the Antonov An-10 passenger plane.
The first An-12 prototype (model number 7900101) was built at Irkutsk, making a test flight on December 16, 1957 with Kuznetsov NK-4 engine, more than 900 others using AI-20K engines including both civilian and military versions.
From its official introduction in 1959 to the end of production in 1973 in the Soviet Union, a total of 1,248 An-12s were shipped.
The An-12BP version was the standard Soviet Air Force (VTA) transport and drop paratrooper during 1959 - 1974.
About 25 An-12BK / PP / PPS (Cub-A / B / C / D) aircraft were modified into electronic warplanes, serving in the Soviet air force and air force.
Up to now, more than 100 An-12s are still in use in the air force of nine other countries, nearly 200 of them are operating in the field of civil aviation.
Basic specifications of An-12: 5-man crew (2 pilots, mechanics, navigation officers and radio officers); length 33.1 m; wingspan of 38.0 m; height 10.53 m; empty weight 28,000 kg, maximum takeoff weight 61,000 kg.
Progress AI-20 propeller engine, with a capacity of 3,000 kW each, allows An-12 to fly at a maximum speed of 777 km / h, cruise speed of 670 km / h, ceiling of 10,200 m, maximum load 20,000 kg (or 90 paratroopers), range with a maximum payload of 3,600 km.
In terms of shape, size and function, the An-12 Cub is very similar to the American C-130 Hercules. An-12 also has a Chinese-made variant with the designation Y-8.