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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We will see it completed at MAKS soon:

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This article provides more information and images of the prototype.


The second article gives a brief synopsis of the previous attempts to find a AN-2 replacement.
 
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Some more images. I really like the design of the large rear entry door.
 

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View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ET3rAjb3oIo&ab_channel=%D0%92%D0%B8%D0%BA%D1%82%D0%BE%D1%80%D0%A5%D0%BC%D0%B5%D0%BB%D0%B8%D0%BA


I have to wonder how this aircraft would fare in the export market. The fact that it has a western engine and avionics suite means that they can't sell it as cheaply as they would like to, and this aircraft would be competing against a huge number of second hand Cessna Caravans that are available at far cheaper prices. Not to mention that the Quest Kodiak as well as the Tecnam 2012 are all direct competitors. I also wonder how much higher the operating costs of this turboprop are going to be compared to the old AN-2. A lot of the cash strapped regional airlines that need this aircraft might not be able to afford it without subsidies.
 
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Take off the spats and put bush tires on it.

On another note: I am old enough to be politically incorrect and say I approve of their marketing technique. :cool:
 

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With 9 seats, it competes directly with Pilatus Porter. We wonder if it can carry as many skydivers as a Cessna Caravan (up to 19), Quest Kodiak (17 ish) or PAC 750 XL (up to 19).
That door looks easier to access, but they need the step to lay flush with the floor for easy skydiving exits.
Finally, will they offer a factory-optional skydiver interior with bob-sled benches and skydiver specific seat-belts (e.g. Hooker tag-lines)?
 

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