Russia will build a group of military transport aircraft capable of flight deliver one armored army of 400 heavy tanks “Armata” anywhere in the world in 7 hours
Despite the defensive nature of the military doctrine and statements of top political leaders of the purely local, cross-border activities of armed forces, changes in priorities for prospective arms tell a different story. Ordered the development of new types of military equipment suggests that Russia will enter the global strategy of military response. Following a statement by the Ministry of Defence on the development and construction of a series of aircraft carriers by 2030 today at a private college Military-Industrial Commission with the participation of the Minister of Defense was approved by the decision to create up to 2024 groups of supersonic super heavy military transport aircraft unprecedented capacity of up to 200 tons.
A feature of the new machines will be the adaptation to the new transport tanks “Armata” – with automated loading, manning on board several floors and the possibility of landing on any terrain. If this program is implemented, in 10 years the Russian Air Force will be able for a maximum of 7:00 to deliver on any continent full armored army of 400 heavy tanks with three additional Ammunition and personnel to each of them, or about 900 tanks easy class. In view of the development of a network of military bases in the Middle East, Latin America and Southeast Asia, which is expected to be completed by the same date, it becomes obvious that the country is preparing for a full-scale military confrontation transcontinental character.
Source “Expert Online», which took part in a special closed board MIC, in an interview with our correspondent on condition of anonymity admitted that shocked today’s meeting. “Work on the PAK TA has been ongoing for several years and the need to replace obsolete” Ruslan “and Il-76 is discussed under the Ministry of Defense has long been. This is not news. But such a global setting targets for military transport aircraft is presented for the first time. In fact, for the first time in the world aims to create the operational ability to deliver a full-fledged land forces anywhere in the world. You to understand one group capable of flight will deliver, say, Cuba operational and tactical formation of troops, comparable to the total volume of US and NATO forces in Iraq. In the context of the current military doctrine, it defies comprehension, “- said the general. According to him, is now preparing a government contract for research and development and further testing of the new Air Transport. 1 aircraft will be able to carry over a distance of up to 7 thousand. Km without refueling 5 heavy tank missile systems with medium-range (which are included in the armament of the tank), and additional ammunition to them. In just 5 years, will be built 80 aircraft, which at the same time for 7-8 hours can, for example, to deliver a whole army of long-range 400 tanks “Armata” on the American continent, or, say, Australia. Alternatively, it may be desantiruemye armored group of more than 900 light tanks “Octopus-diabetes” or self-propelled artillery “MSTA-S”.
Super-heavy liner must be able to carry the entire range of current and future technology of ground forces and airborne troops, including tanks “Armata”, as well as combat vehicles based on it, which by their weight and size can not be transported by IL-76 and AN-124. Back in February, it was reported that the project will create a TA PAK family of super-heavy widebody aircraft with a load capacity of 80 tons or more. The serial production of the aircraft is scheduled to begin in 2024. However, were declared the aircraft speed and the effective range of flights comparable to currently available – up to 900 km / h and up to 4.5 thousand. Km. The speed of the aircraft on the new terms of reference will be 2 thousand. Km / h and range without refueling – 7 thousand. Km. And the capacity will also be a record – up to 200 tons.
Under the project, “promising aviation complex transport aircraft” (PAK TA) will create a whole family of military transport aircraft in terms of medium to super-heavy. Part of the aircraft is specially designed for the transport of tanks and combat vehicles on the platform “Armata”. The machine is the heaviest class of its parameters, including capacity, will significantly exceed the AN-124 “Ruslan” (load capacity of 120-150 tons of different versions). Car of the middle class will be created in the category of load capacity up to 50 tons.
The air force new aircraft in 2020-30-ies to replace remaining in the ranks of the AN-124 “Ruslan” and older An-22 “Antaeus”. In addition, the term aircraft 80-ton class load capacity can be replaced in the ranks of heavy transporters IL-76 with a carrying capacity of 50-60 tons.
It is quite an extraordinary ambition, because the critical parameters for military transport are long-range (no after-burners and transonic speeds i.e. < 0.9 Mach) and short airstrips (=straight or mildly swept wings). Thus it would have swing-wings and engines like the Tu-160 White-Swan. Its bombs payload resembles the weight of a Russian tank at ~50 tonnes. A version for carrying an MBT (Main-battle Tank) would winch it under the aircraft’s CEG (Center of Gravity), rather not waste weight on a strong cargo floor/ramp and on a very large a cargo bay,allowing for aircraft empty weight of ~80 tonnes. Non MBT cargo is altogether far lighter, yet requires a hefty floor/ramp/hull construction. 200 Tonnes would be the maximum take-off weight for all configurations, where the wings/tail/hydraulics remain the same.
The purpose would be to suppress color-revolutions.
There’s a possibility to add super-cruise, namely supersonic on dry-thrust, by means of latest technologies in engines and composite materials. In the Ukraine it wasn’t possible to station an ordinary Russian Armada ahead of conflagration, due to Ukrainian national sensitivities and to US leverage on such a deployment for escalating its own deployments.
Possible targets for color revolutions:
BRICS members like Brazil & South-Africa,
likewise resource-rich countries like Philippines and Indonesia.
Essentially any jungle country around the world.