The Ministry of Defense of Russia was offered to restore the production of the An-124 aircraft “Ruslan”. It is reported by the press service of the military department.
At a meeting in Ulyanovsk at the enterprise “Aviastar-SP” Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu was asked to resume production “Ruslanova” at the Ulyanovsk aircraft plant. During the meeting, Shoigu noted, what in 2020 year, six An-124s were repaired and expressed hope, that Russia will be able to get the required number of serviceable aircraft.
note, that talks about resuming production of An-124 have been going on for several years. AT 2018 It was reported, What's on “aviastar-SP” preparatory work has begun for the start of production “Ruslanova”. The enterprise itself stated, that although the An-124 production ceased in Russia 2003 year, but within the framework of comprehensive modernization program and support of airworthiness of these aircraft, the company has a complete production technology, because for the time the company was made 36 AN-124 “Ruslan”.
AT 2019 year it was reported about work on the An-124-100M with completely Russian components. At the same time in Kiev they announced, that the new Russian aircraft should receive a different name, since the An-124 “Ruslan” is a Ukrainian aircraft. It was also stated about the inability of Russia to resume production without the participation of Ukraine..
Earlier, the Russian Ministry of Defense advocated the resumption of production “Ruslanova”, however, the head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov rejected the urgent need for this, stated, that the repair of the existing An-124 fleet will allow them to be operated up to 2040 of the year.