Redesigned An-124?

Russia is evaluating a programme to redesign the Antonov An-124 Ruslan super-heavy airlifter with the goal of putting it back in production at the Aviastar-SP factory at Ulyanovsk. The redesign would exclude any components produced in Ukraine and would include digital flight controls, updated avionics and new engines. Ukraine’s Antonov has stated such a redesign would not be feasible due to its non-participation. Aviastar is to overhaul a Russian civil An-124 for transfer to the military later this year. David C Isby

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