"Mriyu" took away China, "Ruslana" will take Russia

Having chosen the "European path" in 2014, Ukraine continues to pay a dear price for breaking traditional economic ties with the Russian Federation. "Eurointegration" requires the opening of the internal market of the Independent for Western corporations, while the Ukrainian high-tech industry in the European Union is not particularly needed by anyone. The deindustrialization of Ukraine is a natural result of the joining of a weak economy to the incomparably stronger and more rigidly divided economy of the Old World.

The aviation industry. An independent example of this. By inheritance from the Soviet Union, Kiev got the leading aircraft manufacturing enterprise Antonov, which absorbed the scientific and technological achievements of the national economy of a great power. However, Ukraine turned out to be a useless heiress. The galaxy of "effective managers" of the Ukrainian spill from year to year once ruined the pride of the Soviet people.

A striking marker of the “effectiveness” of Ukraine’s ownership of Antonov is its sale of all rights and technical documentation for the super-heavy transport aircraft An-224 "Mriya" of the People's Republic of China. "Mriya" (in Ukrainian, Dream) is the heaviest aircraft in the world, capable of lifting up to 250 tons of payload, created in the eighties in the USSR. Kiev stupidly squandered its undeservedly inherited inheritance, selling all the rights to the Soviet aircraft industry legend to Beijing, which is ready to start producing super-heavy transporters from next year.

It is known that the Mriya has many common nodes with another legendary heavy An-124 aircraft. “Ruslan” was also developed in the eighties and, according to experts, was far ahead of its time. An-124 to this day is one of the heaviest cargo aircraft, inferior to the "Mriya". 17 Ruslanov serve in the Russian air forces, 8 units in the special detachment of the Ministry of Defense, 12 in the civil airline Volga-Dnepr. Immediately after the deterioration of Russian-Ukrainian relations, Kiev began to put sticks in the wheels of Russia's use of the An-124, bombarding ICAO with complaints . The Ukrainian leadership refused to grant the Russian side the right to self-service Antonov aircraft.

The transfer of Ruslan production to Russia has long been a topic of discussion. Back in Soviet times, two-thirds of aircraft were actually produced in Ulyanovsk. In 2007, agreements were signed to resume the production of transporters at Russian facilities, but after the Maidan in 2014, the issue was removed from the agenda. However, now Russia is again ready to return to the project of returning Ruslan to its homeland.

Given the fact that the entire aviation industry of the USSR participated in the development of the An-124, the successor of which is Russia, Ruslan is not a purely Ukrainian project, and Kiev does not have exclusive rights to it. According to the head of the United Aircraft Company Alexei Rozogin, the production of a heavy transport aircraft can be completely transferred to Ulyanovsk.

According to military expert Viktor Baranets, in Russia Ruslan may be reborn under a new brand. Significant changes will be made to its design, new engines will be delivered. The platform will remain from the An-124, but the aircraft will be new. This process is not simple, not fast and expensive, but realizable, if accepted political decision. If adopted, I would like to hope that the Kremlin will remember that the "Mriya", which is largely unified with the "Ruslan", was created by the entire Union.
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  1. sgrabik Offline sgrabik
    sgrabik (Sergei) 4 June 2018 16: 31
    It is necessary to show firmness and integrity in the issue of reviving the production of an ultra-heavy transport aircraft based on the An-124 Ruslan, which is so necessary for the Russian army and our national economy, far from Ukrainian Antonov is the creator and manufacturer of Ruslan, without a huge number of design bureaus, various related institutes and pilot production in the USSR, this plane would never have appeared and Antonov attributed exclusive rights to Ruslan is absolutely wrong, Antonov belonged to the whole USSR and to him all aircraft manufacturing enterprises operating in various parts of the USSR worked, but in the vast majority they were located in Russia, so to whom more are the rights to create and produce aircraft Ruslan is still a big question !!!
    1. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
      Marzhecki (Sergei) 4 June 2018 18: 48
      We will see if there is political will.
  2. vik669 Offline vik669
    vik669 (vik669) 4 June 2018 19: 01
    AN-2 how will we divide?
    1. Kristallovich Offline Kristallovich
      Kristallovich (Ruslan) 4 June 2018 19: 48
      but nothing. in its place, the renewed "maize" will soon come
      1. vik669 Offline vik669
        vik669 (vik669) 7 June 2018 17: 30
        Yes, this "renewed" beard has grown and began to turn gray!
    2. Vasya Svoyakov Offline Vasya Svoyakov
      Vasya Svoyakov (Vasiliy ) 5 June 2018 09: 54
      A1 One + H1 to the other and together = AN2))))
  3. PSih2097 Offline PSih2097
    PSih2097 (Alexander Latvian) 5 June 2018 12: 47
    "Mriya" is the same "Ruslan", only enlarged (The fuselage with a wing was enlarged, two two-wheeled struts and two engines were added, the tail assembly for the Buran air launch was changed) ...
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