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An-22PLO (nuclear powert ?)

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i found this on German Wikipedia

An-22PLO
in October 1965 experiments start for a nuclear power An-22
Build aircraft 01-06 was used for radiation shield test
Build aircraft 01-07 had the Reactor on board
in September 1972 01-07 began 23 test flights near Semipalatinsk
under codename "Stork"
idea was to push the range on 27500 km
as source Wiki give
http://www.fliegerrevue.de/fr_heft.asp?PG=179&AID=22244

so is this a real project ?
 

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Real project. The idea wasn't necessarily to increase the range, but to develop an ASW aircraft that couldd be on station for up to 50 hours. In 1970 #6340106 trialled a protective system with a radiation emitter, and in 1972 #7340107 trialled a reactor over 23 flights at Semipalatinsk. Some info can be found in the Red Star series Volume 18, Antonov's Heavy Transports: The An-22, An-124/225, and An-70.
 

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i found this on German Wikipedia

An-22PLO
in October 1965 experiments start for a nuclear power An-22
Build aircraft 01-06 was used for radiation shield test
Build aircraft 01-07 had the Reactor on board
in September 1972 01-07 began 23 test flights near Semipalatinsk
under codename "Stork"
idea was to push the range on 27500 km
as source Wiki give

so is this a real project ?
To clarify, the nuclear reactor installed aboard the An-22 used for radiation shield tests did not power the aircraft, as with the reactor used aboard the NB-36H and Tu-95LAL. The nuclear powered ASW variant of the An-22, like the Tu-119, would have had two NK-12s and two NK-14s. Recall that PLO is the Russian acronym for anti-submarine warfare (the initial design study for the Tu-142 was designated Tu-95PLO).

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