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Russia to build super-heavy cargo plane by 2027

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The work on developing a super-heavy plane to replace the Antonov An-124 Ruslan cargo aircraft has been included in the state armament program through 2027, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said.

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"The R&D work on the plane is in the plans at the end of the state armament program," Borisov said, replying to the corresponding question.

The An-124 Ruslan is a Soviet and later a Ukrainian heavy long-range turbojet transport plane with a maximum lifting capacity of 120 tonnes. It develops a maximum speed of 865 km/h and has a flight range of 4,800 km at full load.

According to open sources, the Russian Aerospace Force currently operates nine An-124 planes and 10 more Ruslan aircraft are used in Russia’s Volga-Dnepr airline.

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