RUSSIA (OBSERVATORY) – The Russian cargo airline Volga-Dnepr before the end of the year will stop providing AN-124 cargo planes, the French edition of Challenges reports with reference to its sources.
This is the project SALIS (Strategic Airlift International Solution), within which a joint venture of Ukrainian “Antonov Airlines” and Russian “Volga-Dnepr” was established in 2006. In total, the large oversized cargo of the alliance was transported by 17 Ruslanov.
According to the publication, the Russian side took this decision in response to the strengthening of US sanctions.
The article stresses that the decision of Volga-Dnepr will be a tangible blow to the French army, since it remains dependent on Ruslanov for the transportation of helicopters and tanks, despite the presence of the Airbus A400M.
An-124-100 “Ruslan” is the world’s largest cargo lift. “Ruslan” was developed in the first half of the 1980s in the Antonov Design Bureau together with leading allied research institutes, enterprises, aviation industry organizations and ministries. The entire Soviet Union worked on its creation.