News Listings for Antonov An-30

  • PARIS: Russia's air force gets real

    News | 18 Jun 2011 09:00 | Alan Dron

    Senior officers in Russia's air force can see glimmers of light after the gloom of the 1990s and early 2000s. The question is whether these glimmers are yet another false dawn.
  • Air Launch An-124 plan passes design stage

    News | 31 May 2004 23:00

    <p>Russian-Ukranian venture Air Launch has passed the preliminary design stage with its plan to use the Antonov An-124-100 Ruslan heavylift transport as the first stage of a system for placing satellites into low Earth orbit. The project is proceeding into full-scale development, with operations to begin in 2006, says vice president Sergei Mashurov. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Air Launch has secured approval from the Russian space authorities, and conversion of an An-124 for air launches has begun. Russian central aerohydrodynamics institute TsAGI has been contracted to perform dynamic modelling of the Ruslan manoeuvres preceding deployment of the two-stage rocket. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Air Launch promises low-cost launches to a wide range of orbital inclinations. Development and fielding costs are estimated at $125-150 million, with a satellite launch costing $20 million. Talks are being held with Indonesia, which may join the programme and allow use of its equatorial airfields for the
  • RAF to restart Russian Open Skies flights

    News | 18 Nov 2003 00:00

    <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The UK Royal Air Force is to restart Open Skies arms control flights over Russia next year, but budget cuts mean that it will share a Saab 340 with Sweden and Germany, refitted with a Leica 150mm panoramic optical camera. The aircraft will be based at Link&ouml;ping and operated by the Swedish air force. Flights will start in May after certification trials at Nordholz in Germany in April. A Russian Tupolev Tu-154 will also be at the trials, replacing an Antonov An-30 that does not have the range to overfly the USA.</p>
  • Ukraine closes airspace after Russian air force 'violation'

    News | 15 Apr 1997 23:00

    <p>Ukraine closed its airspace to the Russian air force on 3-5 April after claims that its aircraft had violated air traffic control (ATC) procedures over the Black Sea near Odessa in March. </p> <p>Gen Alexander Zatynaiko, Ukrainian Chief of Staff, claims that the aircraft were flying with their transponders switched off, failed to respond to ATC radio messages and changed altitude without warning. Odessa Airport was forced to close for 30min. </p> <p>Ukrainian fighters were scrambled to intercept the Russian aircraft, identified as Tupolev Tu-22R and Antonov An-30 reconaissance aircraft, and Ilyushin Il-76 and Antonov An-24 transports. </p> <p>Russia denies violating any rules, saying that the aircraft took off from an air base in the Saratov region and entered international airspace through the Russian sector of the Black Sea coastline near Novorossiysk. They then reportedly headed west to monitor the movements of NATO ships visiting Odessa. </p>
  • Ilyushin plans Il-114 military derivative

    News | 30 Jul 1996 23:00

    <p>Ilyushin is working on a heavily modified Il-114 derivative, the Il-114FK, as a replacement for the Antonov An-30 Clank and Ilyushin Il-20 Coot military utility aircraft. A prototype could be flown in 1997. The Russian air force operates some 30 Clanks in the aerial-cartography role, with the Coots being used for reconnaissance. </p>