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'MRIYA,' THE WORLD'S LARGEST PLANE – DEMOLISHED

Context:

The world's largest plane, the "Ukraine's Antonov-225 cargo plane," was destroyed on the fourth day of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The plane was shot down Just outside of Kyiv.

Key Points:

  • The weapons manufacturer is Ukroboronprom.
  • "AN-225 Mriya" would cost more than USD 3 billion and take more than five years.
  • The plane was one-of-a-kind in the globe.
  • It was 84 meters long and capable of transporting 250 tonnes of goods at 850 kilometres per hour.
  • The name given to the missile 'Mriya' means 'dream' in Ukrainian.

Demolished in Russia-Ukraine conflict

When Russia attacked a Ukrainian airport on February 24, 2022, the An-225 aircraft was based at Hostomel Airport and was demolished on February 27.

Background of Maria

  • Maria was created as part of a Soviet aviation effort at the time.
  • It took to the air for the first time in 1988.
  • Antonov Airlines of Ukraine has been operating Mriya for freight flights. During the Covid-19 epidemic, it was in considerable demand.

Mriya Antonov An-225

The Antonov An-225 Mriya was a strategic cargo plane. It was created in the 1980s by the 'Antonov Design Bureau' in the Ukrainian SSR of the Soviet Union. The one-of-a-kind aircraft was built as a scaled-up Antonov An-124 to transport Buran-class orbiters.

Antonov An-225 Mriya records

It held several records as a large aircraft, including:

  • The heaviest aircraft ever constructed.
  • The largest wingspan of any operating aircraft.
  • It is capable of transporting up to 640 tonnes.

The aircraft's proposal

The aircraft was planned to transport the boosters for the Energia rocket and Buran-class orbiters for the Soviet space programme. It was made to take the place of the Myasishchev VM-T. An-225's original purpose and objectives are almost identical to those of the US Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. Viktor Tolmachev was the An-225's chief designer.

 

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