IL-476 upgraded version of the IL-76 fully built in Russia is well under way,available at low cost,plus manufacture of 80 AN-124s,even larger than the C-17s (production ceasing in the US) is being restarted in a new agreement between Ukraine and Russia. The IAF's future heavylifter needs can be met by both these types.More AN-124s On The Way?
Dec 19, 2013 http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/mor ... ers-02913/
Dec 19/13: Negotiations. The Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers has approved a draft inter-governmental agreement with Russia on serial production of An-124-200 aircraft powered by D-18T engines. It’s part of the process of establishing a joint venture related to An-124 production, which could produce 80 aircraft worth a total of $12.89 billion – about $160 million per plane.
The larger agreement reportedly has Russia invest $15 billion in Ukraine’s government debt (giving them a future lever), and reduces gas prices from Russia to Naftogaz by about 1/3, but may involve some ceding of control over the Ukraine’s pipelines. Military deals like the An-124 and An-70 can also become bit pieces in these dramas. Sources: Russian Aviation, “Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers approved the draft agreement with Russia on production of An-124″ | Interfax-Ukraine, “An-124 plane production recovery program includes production of 80 planes, says Ukrainian premier” | IHS Jane’s 360, “Ukraine, Russia agree to restart An-124 production among raft of economic agreements” || See also Antonov, “Ukraine and Russia continue cooperation on joint aviation projects” | Reuters, “Special Report: Why Ukraine spurned the EU and embraced Russia”.
What is remarkable is that the much larger AN-124s cost only $160M per plane while the IAF's 10 C-17s cost us around $400M-500M per plane!
The cost of the 10 plane order was $4.1B (Wik), but NDTV says that it costs $5.1! in 2010,the cost of the much larger AN-124 was half that of a C-17! With AN-124 production restarting,the IAF should cancel future options of C-17s.
Comparison between the two,the AN-124 is in a class of its own!
Externally, the An-124 is similar to the American Lockheed C-5 Galaxy, but has a 25% larger payload, and instead of the Galaxy's T-tail, the An-124 uses a conventional empennage, similar in design to that of the Boeing 747. The An-124 has been used to carry locomotives[clarification needed], yachts, aircraft fuselages, and a variety of other oversized cargoes. The aircraft is able to kneel to allow easier front loading; and has an onboard overhead crane capable of lifting up to 30 tonnes of cargo, and items up to 120 tonnes can be winched on board.
Up to 150 tonnes (150 long tons; 170 short tons) of cargo can be carried in a military An-124; it can also carry 88 passengers in an upper deck behind the wing centre section. The cargo compartment of An-124 is 36×6.4×4.4 m (118×21×14 ft), ca. 20% larger than the main cargo compartment of C-5 Galaxy, which is 36.91×5.79×4.09 m (121.1×19.0×13.4 ft)
3 sides view
Container being lifted into the belly of an An-124 using the on-board overhead crane
Data from Antonov.com
Crew: 4-6 (pilot, copilot, navigator, senior flight engineer (+flight engineer, radio man) + 2 loadmasters)
Capacity: 88 passengers or the hold can take an additional 350 on a palletised seating system
Payload: 150,000 kg (330,000 lb)
Length: 68.96 m (226 ft 3 in)
Wingspan: 73.3 m (240 ft 5 in)
Height: 20.78 m (68 ft 2 in)
Wing area: 628 m² (6,760 sq ft)
Empty weight: 175,000 kg (385,000 lb)
Loaded weight: 405,000 kg (893,000 lb)
Useful load: 230,000 kg (508,000 lb)
Max. takeoff weight: 405,000 kg (893,000 lb)
Powerplant: 4 × Ivchenko Progress D-18T turbofans, 229.5 kN (51,600 lbf) each
Maximum speed: 865 km/h (467 kn (537 mph))
Cruise speed: 800–850 km/h (430 kn (490 mph))
Range: 5,200 km (2,808 nm, 3231 mi)
Service ceiling: 12,000 m (39,370 ft)
Wing loading: 365 kg/m² (74.7 lb/sq ft)
Take-off run distance (maximum take-off weight): 2,520 m (8,270 ft)
Landing roll distance at maximum landing weight: 900 m (3,000 ft)
0 tons of cargo= 15,000 km (8,100 nmi)
10 tons of cargo= 14,100 km (7,613 nmi)
20 tons of cargo= 13,250 km (7,154 nmi)
30 tons of cargo= 12,300 km (6,641 nmi)
40 tons of cargo= 11,500 km (6,210 nmi)
72 tons of cargo= 8,700 km (4,698 nmi)
90 tons of cargo= 7,100 km (3,834 nmi)
97 tons of cargo= 6,500 km (3,510 nmi)
104 tons of cargo= 5,900 km (3,186 nmi)
108 tons of cargo= 5,550 km (2,997 nmi)
120 tons of cargo= 4,500 km (2,430 nmi)
40 tons of cargo= 11,900 km (6,425 nmi)
92 tons of cargo= 7,500 km (4,050 nmi)
113 tons of cargo= 5,900 km (3,186 nmi)
120 tons of cargo= 5,400 km (2,916 nmi)
122 tons of cargo= 5,200 km (2,808 nmi)
150 tons of cargo= 3,200 km (1,728 nmi)
C-17 in an Aeromedical Evacuation configuration
Vehicles and personnel unloading supplies from three gray C-17s parked together for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Three C-17s unload supplies to help victims of Hurricane Katrina at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, in August 2005.
A C-17 combat off-load of pallets in Afghanistan, June 2009
Data from U.S. Air Force fact sheet, Boeing, and AerospaceWeb
Crew: 3: 2 pilots, 1 loadmaster
102 paratroopers or
134 troops with palletized and sidewall seats or
54 troops with sidewall seats (allows 13 cargo pallets) only or
36 litter and 54 ambulatory patients and medical attendants or
Cargo, such as an M1 Abrams tank, three Strykers, or six M1117 Armored Security Vehicles
Payload: 170,900 lb (77,519 kg) of cargo distributed at max over 18 463L master pallets or a mix of palletized cargo and vehicles
Length: 174 ft (53 m)
Wingspan: 169.8 ft (51.75 m)
Height: 55.1 ft (16.8 m)
Wing area: 3,800 ft² (353 m²)
Empty weight: 282,500 lb (128,100 kg)
Max. takeoff weight: 585,000 lb (265,350 kg)
Powerplant: 4 × Pratt & Whitney F117-PW-100 turbofans, 40,440 lbf (180 kN) each
Fuel capacity: 35,546 U.S. gal (134,556 L)
Cruise speed: Mach 0.74 (450 knots, 515 mph, 830 km/h)
Range: 2,420 nmi (2,785 mi, 4,482 km); 5,610 nmi (10,390 km) with paratroops
Service ceiling: 45,000 ft (13,716 m)
Max. wing loading: 150 lb/ft² (750 kg/m²)
Minimum thrust/weight: 0.277
Takeoff run at MTOW: 7,600 ft (2,316 m)
Landing distance: 3,500 ft (1,060 m)
AN-124-100M-150 is an operationally improved version of the AN-124 outsize and heavyweight cargo aircraft, capable of transporting single or multiple pieces of cargo weighing up to 150 tonnes (330,000 pounds) as well as outsize cargo. On the outsize cargo front, the AN-124 is the only aircraft that can carry the Boeing 777′s new GE90 engines external link. Its cargo capacity is roughly double that of a C-17 Globemaster III’s external link 77 tonnes (170,000 pounds), all at a significantly lower cost per aircraft.