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Posted: 7/19/2010 7:33:49 PM EDT
Boeing may assemble An-124 transport planes - paper


MOSCOW, June 11 2010 –– (RIA Novosti) –– U.S. Boeing Co. may conduct the
final assembly of Russian-Ukrainian An-124 Condor heavy-lift transport
planes for the U.S. market, a Russian business daily said on Friday, citing
government officials.

The Kommersant newspaper cited Alexei Fyodorov, head of Russia's United
Aircraft Corporation, as saying that Russia had proposed the joint
production of the plane to the U.S. government and the White House had been
discussing the issue with Boeing.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Kommersant that the issue would
be on the agenda of President Dmitry Medvedev's visit to the United States
later in June.

The An-124 was designed by the Antonov Design Bureau in 1982 and was
produced in Ukraine's Kiev and Russia's Ulyanovsk plants until 1995.
Although there are no An-124s being built at present, Russia and Ukraine
have reportedly agreed to resume production in the future.

The plane is similar to the American Lockheed C-5 Galaxy, but has a 25%
larger payload.

The aircraft has a maximum payload of 150 metric tons with a flight range of
around 3000 kilometers (1864 miles).

An-124s have been used extensively by several U.S. companies. The Russian
cargo company Volga-Dnepr has contracts with Boeing to ship outsize aircraft
components to its Everett plant.

United Launch Alliance contracts the An-124 to transport the Atlas V launch
vehicle from its facilities near Denver to Cape Canaveral.

Space Systems Loral contracts the An-124 to transport satellites from Palo
Alto in California to the Arianespace spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

The Pentagon has reportedly contracted An-124 planes for military transport
purposes until 2016.

Russian experts believe that the future project could become reality only if
a "political" decision is made to manufacture An-124 for the U.S. military.
The civilian use of the plane is very limited, while the cost of up to $250
mln would require the production of a large number of such aircraft to make
it profitable.

The Russian proposal has already drawn severe criticism from Ukrainian
aircraft industry officials. The Antonov design bureau owns the rights for
the design of the An-124 and the Motor Sich company builds engines for the
plane and the Ukrainians do not want to lose their share of the profits to
potential U.S. competitors.
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 7:34:22 PM EDT
That's funny and sad, at the same time.
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 7:42:24 PM EDT

Link Posted: 7/19/2010 7:45:14 PM EDT

The An-124-100 series is the shiz-nitz.  The can haul more freight cheaper than a C-5.  About 5-7 yrs ago there was talk of Antonov building about another 76 An-124's because the business was so good.  Haven't heard if they finished the 2nd An-225 Myra yet.  

Link Posted: 7/19/2010 7:46:25 PM EDT
Fine by me. Looks like it can do the job and doing final assembly in the US will make sure that it's done with an acceptable level of quality and BAC.
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 7:51:38 PM EDT


Fine by me. Looks like it can do the job and doing final assembly in the US will make sure that it's done with an acceptable level of quality and BAC.

This.  Give it better avionics, and common American engines, and call it GTG.

Link Posted: 7/19/2010 7:55:25 PM EDT
That's a big bird!
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 8:03:50 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 8:04:43 PM EDT
It's a good plane... even though the engines are a bit underpowered.
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