Amid Moscow’s as sault on Ukraine, the world’s largest cargo aircraft, the Antonov AN-225 Mriya, was destroyed by Russian troops during an attack on an airport near Kyiv. Only one AN-225 was ever built by the Kyiv-based Antonov Company, the defence manufacturers who originally designed the plane.
It is essentially a large version of another design by the Antonoc company — the four-engine An-124 ‘Condor’, which is used by the Russian Air Force. What’s next for the Antonov AN-225? Ukroboronprom announced that the plane will be restored at Russia’s expense at an estimated cost of $3 billion. “The restoration is estimated to take over $3 billion and over five years,” the company said.