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In Russia, an improved model of the aircraft "Elephant" was tested

Russian aircraft manufacturers have tested a model of the heavy transport aircraft "Elephant".

TsAGI specialists continue to work on the creation of the domestic heavy transport aircraft "Elephant", which will replace the An-124 aircraft. At the moment, it is known that in the course of testing the model of this aircraft, data were obtained that make it possible to improve the existing design of the aircraft, thereby approaching the required parameters.

To date, it is known that the project of the Russian heavy transport aircraft provides for the possibility of flights at a distance of up to 7 thousand kilometers, with a cruising flight speed of 850 km / h. The maximum weight of the cargo taken on board will be 30% more than that of the An-124 aircraft, and for takeoff and landing, the board will need a runway with a length of at least 3 kilometers.

So far, nothing is known about the timing of the implementation of this project, however, in all likelihood, the aircraft will appear no earlier than 2030, since the engines for it will go into mass production only by 2028.

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