Military transport An-22 "Antey" made a rare visit to Syria


An-22 Antey heavy turboprop aircraft of the Russian military transport aviation made a flight to Syria. According to data from air monitoring resources and navigation services, the RA-09341 aircraft took off from the Chkalovsky airfield (Moscow region) and landed at the Khmeimim airbase (Latakia province).


This information attracted the attention of Internet users, since there are very few such planes not only in Russia, but in the world in general, not to mention the fact that they rarely fly to Syria. The last time An-22 made a visit to this country a year ago.

According to commentators on social networks, on the night of August 1, 2020, the plane delivered some oversized cargo to Syria, which one is not reported. At the same time, the An-22 has a payload capacity of 80 tons - it is the world's largest turboprop aircraft. Such vehicles are just designed to transport heavy and bulky weapons and military equipment.


Currently, there are only four flying copies of the An-22 "Antey" left in the world, and two more are in storage. As of January 2020, Russia had three such aircraft in service (RF-09309, RA-09341 and RA-09342) and one more (RA-08830) was in storage. In Ukraine, Antonov Airlines operates one aircraft (UR-09307) and one more copy (USSR-56391) is in storage.
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  1. beeper Offline
    beeper 2 August 2020 00: 09
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    I saw once in the morning, even during the Soviet Union, flying at a low altitude (up to 200 meters) "Antey". Already the earth hummed when such a whopper overhead majestically floated! I remember it all my life (they say that the spectators have the same colossal effect from the low-flying Tu-95 and Tu-142, but I did not get to see them close). winked
    "Ruslan" in flight, too, then saw, but he did not impress me - it flew too fast and the vibrations are not the same, there are more whistles!
    "Antey" even outwardly looks more beautiful than "typically faceless twins" - "Ruslana" and "Galaxy", more individually and harmoniously.
    Wow, "the smoking room is alive" - ​​our "Made in USSR" is still flying! good
    1. Observer2014 Offline
      Observer2014 2 August 2020 06: 25
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      I was in the army in the second week after lights out, I felt this monster, 300 meters from the barracks, taxied for takeoff. Literally. With every cell of your body. wassat laughing It was unforgettable.
  2. Lawyer Offline
    Lawyer (Olaf) 2 August 2020 05: 21
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    Was it developed and built in Kuibyshev?
    1. Alexey Semenenko (Alexey Semenenko) 2 August 2020 09: 38
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      Not. Not in Kuibyshev.
  3. Lawyer Offline
    Lawyer (Olaf) 2 August 2020 05: 24
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    He probably brought new planes there. Otherwise, it’s hard for them to fly there themselves, the Turks love to shoot down defenseless Russian military aircraft.
    1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 2 August 2020 08: 33
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      Olaf, your statement defines your essence, quote:

      Turks are very fond of shooting down defenseless Russian military aviation

      it was "shot down" than defined, the only case ... Yes, wishful thinking ... And who could wish to shoot down Russian planes? Scandinavians don't care about anything. But for the Middle East, no. So maybe not Olaf, but closer to Izya's name?
    2. commbatant Offline
      commbatant (Sergei) 2 August 2020 23: 23
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      Quote: Lawyer
      The Turks are very fond of shooting down defenseless Russian military aircraft.

      ... Izya, you have forgotten that before that, over the coast of the SAR, the Turkish reconnaissance F-4 Phantom was shot down ... evil tongues claim that from the Russian "Pantsir" ... they are lying, probably ...
  4. Sergey Latyshev Offline
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 2 August 2020 08: 55
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    Oh, it's bullshit. Arrived so arrived, brought so brought ...

    It is much more informative that I went straight through Turkey. That is, in the media there are NATO sanctions, clashes, Libya, Syria, Azerbaijan and Armenia - in general, a confrontation for ordinary people.

    And upstairs everything is in order - the plane calmly transported an obviously unfriendly cargo through Turkey.
    IMHO, after this - read it in the media - and draw conclusions on the contrary ...