Photo: Kārlis Dambrāns from Latvia, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Antonov releases update on plans to restore world’s largest cargo plane

The Antonov An-225 Mriya, which was the world's largest cargo plane until it was recently destroyed by the Russian army, is to be rebuilt and restored. Writing on Facebook, the Antonov company released an update regarding the future of the massive aircraft.

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The statement from the cargo plane manufacturer follows an inspection of the An-225 Mriya conducted last week.

In its update, Antonov described the destruction of the aircraft as a “heavy blow” for both the company and the international community. It added that the restoration of the plane, whose name translates as “Dreams” is therefore “an important task”.

The company then went on to write that the restored plane “should meet modern and promising standards of aviation and be equipped according to the list of tasks it will perform.” This, it is said, “will require a large amount of accounting and construction work, the selection and purchase of relevant components, trial programs, etc.”

The amount of funding available to the project will be determined by a special commission created under the auspices of the Ukroboronprom DC. Sources of funding will also be determined by the state. The money that it has already been received will be used exclusively for the realization of project.

The company refrained from the temptation to suggest a timetable for the restoration project, stating that more work needs to be done before the true timescale required is known.

Photo: Kārlis Dambrāns from Latvia, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons