An initial inquiry into the conflict’s destruction of the largest transport plane in the world, the An-225, has been concluded, according to the National Security Service of Ukraine. As a result, a large number of Antonov employees collaborated with the Russian military and prevented actions that would have guaranteed the safety of the An-225 aircraft.
According to the State Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), the Antonov aircraft management corporation was mostly to blame for the Russian military’s destruction of the An-225, the largest transport aircraft in the world. According to the SBU, numerous Antonov personnel conspired with the Russian military and stopped the Ukrainian government from taking action to safeguard the safety of the An-225 aircraft. Additionally, these individuals prevented security posts and anti-aircraft weapons from being placed at the Hostomel airport.
Additionally, the An-225’s principal pilot, Dmytro Antonov, claims that the Antonov business refused to relocate the aircraft to a secure area in order to shield the aircraft from the unique Russian military activity. On February 27, Dmytr Kuleba, the foreign minister of Ukraine, reported through Twitter that Russian forces had destroyed the An-225, the largest transport plane in the world, during the conflict at Hostomel airport. “Our An-225 Mriya can be destroyed by Russia. However, they will never be able to thwart our vision of a democratic, independent, and powerful European country “Kubela penned.
The survey team from the Ukrainian defence firm Ukroboronprom determined that the wings and tail of this mechanical carrier have sustained significant damage. The front portion of the aircraft was all but destroyed. According to Ukroboronprom, repairing the An-225 could cost up to 3 billion USD and take up to 5 years before the aircraft is ready to fly once more. Additionally, Ukroboronprom insisted that the Russian government shoulder full financial responsibility for the cost of restoring the aircraft. The An-225 becomes the largest aeroplane ever constructed by humans when it can take off with a weight of up to 640 tonnes. This is regarded as a Soviet military technological marvel that the United States and China appreciate.
The Antonov An-225 Mriya is a strategic transport aircraft produced by the Antonov Design Bureau (Ukrainian: нтонов н-225 рi; NATO reporting name: Cossack). The Antonov An-225 Mriya is a strategic transport aircraft produced by the Antonov Design Bureau (Ukrainian: нтонов н-225 р; NATO reporting name: Cossack). This aircraft project, which was constructed in the 1980s, was at the time the biggest transport aircraft in operation in the world. Mriya is the Ukrainian word for “dream.”
Originally intended to transport the Buran space shuttle and the Energia booster rocket, the An-225 was first displayed to the public during the 1989 Paris Air Show. The An-225 did not make its maiden commercial flight until 2002, when it transported for US troops stationed in Oman, in the Middle East, 216,000 meals from Germany, totaling 187.5 tonnes. The aircraft has an 18-meter height, an 88.4-meter wingspan, a 285-ton empty mass, and a 640-ton maximum takeoff mass. Six D-18T turbojet engines with a combined thrust of around 141 tonnes power the aircraft.
The aircraft’s cargo area is 43 metres long, 6.4 metres wide, and 4.4 metres high, with a capacity of up to 1,300 cubic metres. With a total cargo capacity of 253.8 tonnes, the An-225 has 240 global aviation records, including the record for transporting a single load weighing up to almost 190 tonnes. The An-225’s massive body allows it to carry loads up to 200 tonnes in the outer hull or 250 tonnes in the inner compartment. The outer transport can also be up to 70 metres long. The An-225 is capable of carrying cargo that was once believed to be inaccessible by air, including locomotives and generators that can weigh up to 150 tonnes. Considering that it is a super aircraft the An-225 cannot take off on short runways and the runway required for it to take off is 3,500m.