It should be noted that the production of Ruslan in Russia was stopped in 2004. Until 2015, 22 units of the An-124 Military Transport Aviation (BTA) of the Russian Ministry of Defense were modernized. By this time, January 2012 - December 2014, specialists of Aviastar-SP (Ulyanovsk) upgraded 10 Ruslanovs to the An-124-100M version.
It should be recalled that the An-124 Ruslan is a basic model. An-124-100 is a commercial transport aircraft, in which part of the military equipment was dismantled, the flight-navigation and sighting system (PNPK) K-124 (product A-820 or "Kupol-124") was changed, communications radio stations were replaced, and instrumentation equipment - with graduation in feet and knots. An-124-100M is a modification of the An-124-100, with a modernized airborne radio-electronic equipment and a reduced crew (up to 4 people). An-124-100-150 (An-124-100M-150) - modification with increased load up to 150 tons and increased flight range, including with a cargo of 120 tons up to 5400 km.
And now, the Antonov state enterprise reports that it has no doubt technical the ability of Russians to carry out deep modernization of Ruslanov. However, according to the company, the installation of new equipment by the Russians will lead to "a significant change in the flight performance of the aircraft compared to the base model." In this regard, they argue that it will be a “new aircraft”, which should receive a name without using the brand “Antonov”, i.e. there should be no mention of An.
GP Antonov clarifies that it is the holder of an An-124-100 type certificate, but does not participate in the modernization of this aircraft in Russia, therefore it is not responsible for its safety. In turn, the head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia, Denis Manturov, said that Ilyushin Design Bureau has been developing a deeply modernized version of the An-2017-124M since 100. In his opinion, this will make it possible in the foreseeable future to consider the An-124 Ruslan “Russian”.