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Mikoyan braves finance snags for MiG-110 work

The Mikoyan Engineering Centre, previously known as ANPK MiG, is pursuing development of the MiG-110 twin turboprop utility aircraft, despite its financial difficulties.

First announced in 1993, the MiG-110 is designed as a convertible passenger/cargo aircraft and is vying with the Sukhoi S-80 to succeed the Antonov An-26 turboprop. The aircraft will be able to operate into remote areas and from semi-prepared runways.

The MiG-110 can accommodate up to 39 passengers in an all-passenger configuration or 15 passengers and 5,000kg of freight in a mixed layout. The aircraft features an unusual twin boom tail design, with a rear cargo door and ramp. A full scale mock-up of the aircraft is being completed at Mikoyan's plant near Moscow.

Powered by two 2,465kW Klimov (Izotov) TV7-117S turboprops driving Stoopino SV-34 six-bladed propellers, the aircraft also features an inverted gull-wing configuration which enables a shorter landing gear design and an optimum wheel track to be used. Winglets are also incorporated to improve the lift/drag ratio.

Other derivatives are envisaged to follow the baseline Klimov-powered model, including the MiG-110M with Western engines and avionics; the MiG-110A, which would be built under licence in Austria; and two light tactical transports, the MiG-110VT for the Russian air force and a search and rescue/reconnaissance version, the MiG-110PR.

The MiG-110 is facing serious competition from the broadly similar S-80 twin turboprop, which is at a more advanced stage. The S-80 prototype is nearing completion at KnAAPO's plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur and is due to make its first flight later this year.

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