This aircraft (NATO code “CURL“) produced by the Russian Antonov Company is designed for transport of passengers and material for short and medium distances. Its construction is based on its predecessor An-24, and its development was accomplished in 1969.

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

  • Tactical flying range with full fuel tanks: 2,550 km
  • Tactical flying range with maximum load: 1,100 km
  • High-speed cruise: 540 km per hour
  • Typical cruise speed: 440 km per hour
  • Flight ceiling: 7,500 metres
  • Maximum climbing: 450 metres per minute
  • Maximum take-off weight: 25,000 kg
  • Normal take-off weight: 24,000 kg
  • Weight of empty aircraft: 15,400 kg
  • Payload: 6 000 kg
  • Types of engines: 2 x ZMDB Progress (Ivčenko) AI-24VT, and 1 x Sojuz (Tumanskij) RU-19-300
  • Maximum thrust of engines: 2 x 2,103 kW, and 1 x 7.85 kN
  • Maximum number of passengers: 40
  • Wingspan: 29.20 metres
  • Length: 23.80 metres
  • Height: 8.575 metres
  • Crew: 5

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