Flight tests of the light multipurpose aircraft LMS-901 “Baikal”, created to replace the AN-2, will begin this October. This was announced by the Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Oleg Bocharov.
At a meeting in Volgograd, dedicated to the problems of small aviation, Bocharov reported, what is the first flight “Baikal” scheduled for October this year. Representatives of all airlines will be invited to view, interested in this plane.
Bocharov also touched upon the planned release of a new promising aircraft., stated, what to 2024 year its production should be 30 units per year, after which the volumes will increase and reach 50 aircraft. Additional production is planned to open in the Far East. According to him, “Baikal” should become “flying bus” and completely replace the legendary An-2 “Corn”.
Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin set the task of launching a new aircraft into serial production in 2024 year.
LMS-901 “Baikal” has a length of 12,2 m, height – 3,7 meters and wingspan – 16,5 m. Maximum take-off weight – 4,8 tons, speed – to 300 km / h. Maximum range – 3 thousands of kilometers. Accommodates 9 passengers and can carry up to 2 ton payload. The General Electric H80-200 engine is currently installed on it., however, in the future it will be replaced by the Russian VK-800S.