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Russian successor to the An-2 begins final assembly

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This is the long awaited replacement to the legendary An-2. The previous modern biplane version was abandoned because of concerns over how the fully composite aircraft would hold up in extreme climates. It will initially use a foreign engine and avionics to speed up certification with domestic systems integrated later on. However the price of this aircraft will be quite high for local carriers, so unless the government provides subsidies i can't see it being built in large numbers. The article below provides a history on the long tortured path for a An-2 replacement if anyone's interested.

 

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This is the long awaited replacement to the legendary An-2. The previous modern biplane version was abandoned because of concerns over how the fully composite aircraft would hold up in extreme climates. It will initially use a foreign engine and avionics to speed up certification with domestic systems integrated later on. However the price of this aircraft will be quite high for local carriers, so unless the government provides subsidies i can't see it being built in large numbers. The article below provides a history on the long tortured path for a An-2 replacement if anyone's interested.

Looks like a Pilatus to me.

I'm betting on the AN-2 outlasting the newbie.
 

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The trimotor (hybride) is a very good idea (cut out the limitation of a single engine commercial airplane (if such certification is possible) while keeping the design simple).
 

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As always, I don't get why this clear priority program did not get gov funding about a decade ago, but better late than never.

It will be interesting where the aircraft will be serially produced.....

EDIT: https://fpi.gov.ru/press/news/sosto...li-samoleta-sverkhkorotkogo-vzleta-i-posadki/

Interesting modified SibNIA An-2:

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As always, I don't get why this clear priority program did not get gov funding about a decade ago, but better late than never.

It will be interesting where the aircraft will be serially produced.....

EDIT: https://fpi.gov.ru/press/news/sosto...li-samoleta-sverkhkorotkogo-vzleta-i-posadki/

Interesting modified SibNIA An-2:

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The crazy thing is that shortly after the fall of the USSR the Russians managed to design an An-2 replacement. It was called the T-101. But due to the economic chaos of the 1990's it was never put into production. They simply could have revived that design with a modern engine and updated avionics and put it into production for a fraction of the cost of a clean sheet design. Heck they even developed a float plane version.

 

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The SibNIA An-2 looks quite sexy with that longer nose and improved streamlined canopy.

You can't replace a classic, everyone tries to replace icons like the DC-3 and An-2 but they became ubiquitous because they had attributes their contemporaries lacked. But time moves on and technology evolves, you can replace them but never like-for-like. There are other bush planes and crop-sprayers out there, all you can do is match what the market wants.
 

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