The Ukrainian plane builder needs to renew constructing the second airframe that was by no means accomplished and in storage since 1994.
As we reported earlier this 12 months, the one-of-a-kind An-225 Mriya cargo aircraft was destroyed throughout the first days of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Now, Antonov is planning on resuming to construct the second An-225 that was saved since 1994, when it was determined to cease its development following the autumn of the Soviet Union.
Lately, Leipzig/Halle airport in Germany opened an exhibition to keep Mriya’s memory alive. The An-225, actually, was an everyday presence in Leipzig and the airport is now internet hosting additionally the surviving An-124s that weren’t broken in Ukraine, in addition to about 300 workers working for Antonov. The Ukrainian ambassador to Germany, Oleksij Makejev, visited the exhibition and acknowledged that “Leipzig is just not solely a house for the airplanes, but in addition a runway into the long run.”
The Appearing Director Basic of Antonov, Yevhen Gavrilov, additionally visited the exhibition and talked with reporters disclosing particulars concerning the firm’s objective of resuming the development of the never-completed second An-225. The German newspaper Bild reported that Antonov is already constructing the plane at a secret location and is about 70% full, however was later corrected by an organization assertion.
“Presently, design work has begun on this route. In accordance with accessible professional estimates, presently there are about 30 % of parts that can be utilized for the second mannequin of the plane”, mentioned Antonov on Fb. “The price of constructing the plane is estimated at the very least 500 million euros. Nonetheless, it’s too early to speak concerning the certain quantity. Extra detailed info can be distributed after the victory of Ukraine within the conflict.”
The development of the second Mriya started in 1989. In 1991 the Soviet Union collapsed, however the meeting of the plane continues, till it was ultimately halted in 1994 as a result of An-225’s impressive load capabilities out of the blue have been deemed extreme and never in excessive demand. The airframe was then saved in a hangar at Antonov’s services in Hostomel, however its present whereabouts are unknown.
All of the important parts of the second airframe’s superstructure have been manufactured, together with the fuselage, wings, nostril gear and tail, in response to a CNN report following a go to to the hangar earlier than the conflict. Antonov is evaluating what parts of the old Mriya may be transferred and used on the second, in addition to calculating the price of all of the tools that can be put in on the plane and of the work required.
In the mean time, Ukraine’s Prosecutor Basic’s Workplace confirmed that investigations are underway to find out whether or not workers of Antonov cooperated with Russian brokers and in the end facilitated the destruction of the Mriya plane. On the similar time, the Safety Service of Ukraine reported preliminary conclusions on their investigation which discovered that officers, regardless of the warnings of state authorities, didn’t take applicable measures to protect the An-225.