The confrontation of An-124 and C-5 Galaxy: Ruslan is forced to concede

Despite the fact that our An-124 Ruslan surpasses the American strategic military transport aircraft Lockheed C-5 Galaxy in some tactical and technical characteristics, it still turned out to be an outsider. The thing is that the Russian aviation industry does not have the opportunity to modernize the design of the machine due to "complicated" relations with Ukraine. While the United States has already managed to improve its version of the aircraft to the C-5M Super Galaxy.

An-124 Ruslan is a Soviet military transport aircraft that made its first flight in 1982. Its production was simultaneously conducted at two plants - in Kiev and Ulyanovsk. A total of 56 cars were assembled. At the moment, 36 An-124 remained in Russia, however, due to the lack of the possibility of cooperation with the Kiev plant, about half of them have already become donors.

The American Lockheed C-5 Galaxy made its first flight in 1968. It surpasses the An-124 in speed, but inferior to the latter in flight range and carrying capacity. A total of 131 cars were produced. At the moment, the United States has 60 C-5 Galaxy aircraft and 31 modernized C-5M Super Galaxys at its disposal, which puts our Ruslan in an unenviable position.

As for the future of the domestic military transport aircraft, it is rather “vague”. So, in June 2018, Lieutenant General V. Benediktov, commander of the transport aviation of the Russian Federation, mentioned that the country is actively considering options for the independent resumption of production of the An-124. However, a month later, the CAST Director Ruslan Pukhov expressed doubts about this. In turn, the head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade D. Manturov said that the issue of replacing Ruslan is currently being worked out. True, the process may drag on until the end of the 2040s.
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  1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) April 23 2019 13: 20
    There is no money, but we will file .... Such an association to the article ...
  2. NordUral Offline NordUral
    NordUral (Eugene) April 24 2019 17: 12
    True, the process may drag on until the end of the 2040s.

    I won’t live, like that shah.
  3. Oleg RB Offline Oleg RB
    Oleg RB (Oleg) 8 May 2019 14: 54
    Some kind of sadness
    1. bariy2019 Offline bariy2019
      bariy2019 (barium barinov) 26 June 2020 06: 18
      There is no money for their country, but all the blacks and other morons — they fed the Communists!