Zelensky announced plans to complete the construction of a new super-heavy aircraft “Mriya”
The Ukrainian authorities reported the loss of the only An-225 flight model at the end of February. There is a second, unfinished copy in the country, in 2020 Turkey was offered to participate in its completion, then it was estimated at $800 million
Vladimir Zelensky at the Antonov Aviation Plant, May 2021
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky called for the construction of a new An-225 Mriya transport aircraft, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
“In this case, this is not a matter of money, it is a matter of ambition. We were contacted by Ukroboronprom, the Antonov team. This is a matter of the image of our state and all the excellent professional pilots who died,»,— Zelensky said at a meeting with students.
He considered the construction of “Mriya” in memory of the pilots “the correct state position.” Zelensky said that earlier Kyiv intended to complete the construction of the second An-225 and applied to Turkey with a proposal to participate in the project. This required $800 million, Zelensky explained, but “no money was found.”
In April 2020, representatives of the Antonov design bureau told Zelensky that there was a second, unfinished plane “in metal”. Then the Ukrainian authorities noted that “Mriya” can be completed “both theoretically and practically.”
About the loss of the only flight copy of the Mriya Zelensky said at the end of February. In “Ukroboronprom” explained that as of the morning of February 24, the plane was at the Antonov airfield. in Gostomel for repair work. One of its engines was removed, and “the plane could not fly that very day, although the appropriate commands were given.” During the fighting at the airfield, the plane was destroyed.
“Mriya” was the world's largest transport aircraft at the time of its creation and the only one assembled to full readiness. An-225 “Mriya” developed by OKB them. OK. Antonov in 1988. Its maximum takeoff weight is 640 tons, length— 84m, wingspan— 88.4 m, maximum load capacity— 250 t.
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