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History: An-26 Transport Aircraft (Decommissioned in 2011)

An-26 (NATO code is Curl) made by Russian company Antonov is designed for transportation of personnel and materiel for short and medium distances. The development of the aircraft was accomplished in 1969 and this type in construction and design comes from the previous An-24 type. The Czech military replaced An-26 aircraft by CASA C-295M in 2010.

The An-26 is equipped with a large rear cargo ramp, which enables loading of material. Compared to the An-24 aircraft, this one has more powerful engines. A pressurised cabin enables high-level flights. Radio electronic equipment features relatively modern positioning and communications instruments, an automatic radio direction finder ADF, a telemetre system DME, a marker and an instrument-landing device ILS/GS, as well as a radio altimetre.

The avionics and the overall instrumental equipment onboard enable flights under adverse weather conditions and subsequent safe landing. A version of An-26Z is equipped with special instruments and technical means for air reconnaissance and the control of combat activities.

Basic Tactical-technical Data of An-26

  • Tactical range (with maximum fuel): 2,550 km
  • Taktický dolet (s maximálním nákladem): 1 100 km
  • Maximum cruising speed: 540 km/h
  • Travelling cruising speed: 440 km/h
  • Normal ceiling: 7,500 m
  • Maximum climbing: 450 m/min
  • Maximum take-off weight: 25,000 kg
  • Normal take-off weight: 24,000 kg
  • Weight of empty aircraft: 15,400 kg
  • Pay load: 6,000 kg
  • Engines: 2x ZMDB Progress (Ivcenko) AI-24VT 1x Sojuz (Tumanskij) RU-19-300
  • Maximum engines thrust: 2 x 2 103 kW 1 x 7,85 kN
  • Maximum number of transported personnel: 40
  • Wing span: 29.20 m
  • Length: 23.80 m
  • Height: 8.575 m
  • Crew: 5

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