Patents - Projects - Concepts
10 March 2015
AN-70 was in the air when aircraft designers did not even start to draw their first draft of how Airbus A400M should be composed. AN-70 marveled aviation experts and the public with its unique flying characteristics. The airplane was not only the product of a Ukrainian-Russian cooperation but specifically tailored to the requirements of the Russian Ministry of Defence. It had a short landing and take off range, fuel-efficient, cruising speed: 750 km/h, payload: 20 tons for a distance of 6,000 km and cargo section with appropriate technical characteristics. …
12 February 2015
Soviet engineers designed X-55 (Kh-55) “Kent” cruise missile as a response to American BGM-109 Tomahawk (time frames of design proccess 1972-1980). The missile, as well as its modifications, has surpassed its rival across the Atlantic in terms of design solutions and technical specifications.
It explains why the production of X-55 was transferred from Kharkiv State Aircraft Manufacturing Company (Kharkiv, Ukraine) to “Avitek” Vyatka Machine Building Enterprise (Kirov, Russia) in 1986, which was just a few years before the downfall of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the emergence of dozens of new nation-states, including independent Ukraine. …
3 February 2015
Legacy in question
In the twentieth spy film of James Bond franchise called Die Another Day (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer & 20th Century Fox (UK), 2002), AN-124 airplane became one of the main elements of the film’s mis-en-scene. Both AN-124 and AN-225 “Mriya”, which featured in the 2012 film (Sony Pictures Releasing US, 2009) survived during crises showed in the films.
27 January 2015
One of the female characters of The Jackal thriller movie (The Jackal, Universal Studios Inc., 1997) Valentina Kozlova (played by Diane Venora) – an honest and ascetic police major who refused from security measures proposed to her under the witness protection program, said: «The good guys don’t hide». We are being watched and controlled but each of us has an unconditional right of self-control – the main method of individual protection against temptations and provocations. iPlate© is designed as a multi-functional device with a wide application range, and one of its features is to ensure 360º - panoramic on-line video feed with a possibility of intellectual analysis, as well as video and sound recording. …
23 January 2015
A flying gadget
The concept of a monitoring device called iPlate© was developed in 2010, however, it could not be produced back then due to the lack of necessary technologies on the market. These technological limitations have been lifted recently, while the potential of the device to be used for military purposes accelerated the whole process. iPlate© was designed to provide a 360º-panoramic intellectual online broadcast (Live Panoramic Broadcast) via WiFi / Bluetooth…
12 January 2015
In September 2013, the unmanned version of famous F-16 jet called QF-16 UAV made its first flight. From that moment, it became clear that the modification of traditional aircraft into UAVs is more than a mere experiment. Paul Cejas, project’s chief designer, told “QF-16 UAV is ideal for operations on the enemy’s territory made to accomplish dangerous missions, while pilots stay in safety”. Impressive piloting opportunities that are not limited by the pilot’s physique, as well as the absence of a complex and heavy life-support system on the drone are going to make the process of converting existing and new jets into drones as the main area of military aircraft production. …
31 December 2014
A pathway to Europe
The last delivery of AN-74 has occurred back in 2000: it was AN-74TK-100 owned by GazpromAvia registry number RA-74016. It was one of 120 airplanes delivered to Russia (the total number of aircraft produced was 195 of AN-72 / AN-74 by January 2015). Although 75% of materials and vendor items (account positions) and about 45% of elements were purchased from Russian producers, the unique AN-72 / AN-74 airplanes were not delivered to either Ukraine or Russia anymore. …
30 December 2014
One year before (in 1971) the submission of AN-72 specifications, a new D-36 engine with a max. thrust of 6,500 kgf had been produced in Ukraine. However, the official date of its release coincides with that of the first AN-72: 31 August 1977. The engine became the heart of the entire АN-72 and АN-74 family; it was recognised as having extraordinary technical specifications and successful history of use. Yak-42 and Be-200 were equipped with modifications of D-36. …
29 December 2014
Analogue equipment will soon turn into museum artefacts that would show the highlights of the aviation of the past. The same has happened with dial phones and arithmometers already. This is inevitable for autonomous gyro-horizons and other analogue elements in the cockpit. In the short-term new pilot regulations will not account for hundreds of airplanes equipped with analogue equipment. Since 2003, Honeywell (US) has started working on a universal digital navigation complex that could be installed on both civil and military airplanes. …
27 December 2014
Fuel on call
Conventional wisdom states that fuel tanker is a large and clumsy airplane that helps much more manoeuvrable jets. Boeing KS-135 Stratotanker, Lockheed HC-130 or IL-78 «Midas» are all good examples of such big planes. It is logical if we consider long-range strategic aviation. But what about fuelling fighter jets and helicopters during a local military conflict? A large fuel tanker airplane would be a comfortable target for the enemy and the entire refuelling could jeopardise the lives of aircraft crews. …
25 December 2014
Hardly anyone could imagine that the Arctic will become one of the focal points of international tensions back on 26 June 1986 when the prototype of AN-74 polar plane has taken off. The current confrontation stems from geopolitical ambitions of several countries in the region. Despite the fact that Ukraine remains the only country that serially produces AN-74, Russia owns the largest fleet made up from these aircraft, even though this fleet is outdated. …
23 December 2014
What do you have to do if you need to conduct a high-risk military operation 1,000-2,000km away from the headquarters, especially if your troops require special equipment such as a heavily armored car? Moreover, soldiers must act swiftly and at maximum discretion. Military command occasionally encounter such problems; its solution depends on particular technological methods. An-74 “flying SUV” aircraft may become the most effective platform for fulfilling such tasks. …
19 December 2014
2014 was a tragic year for many countries: domestic and international conflicts worldwide forced leaders of many countries to look closely at the military potential of their forces. The experience of the Vietnam War (1957-1975) became timely again. Lockheed AC-130 airplanes, which were produced as a modernised version of C-130, was actively engaged in the U.S. Air Force since America’s official involvementin the conflict in 1965. AC-130 provided air support for troops, conducted patrol missions and attacked marked land objects and moving forces of the enemy, which were identified during patrol missions. …
15 January 2014
Back to 1983
Although pilots of C-130J Super Hercules or Antonov AN-74T-200A consistently demonstrate their skills and technological capabilities of their “flying SUVs” while taking off and landing on ice or swamped soil, there is still a huge list of constraints for landing conditions of these airplanes. Moreover, you need a professional investigation of the landing site and preparation works. If you need to launch a UAV weighing more than 1,000 kg, it is also launched from the runway with the only exception of using large and heavy missile-type launch systems as …
3 October 2013
Cargo UAV- helicopter
This UAV was produced in 2011 on the basis of Kama K-1200 (Kaman Aerospace and Lockheed Martin). It was first used as part of military missions in Afghanistan, supplying the U.S. marines. This UAV can carry up to 2.7 tons of cargo on distances of up to 500 km.
In 2015, the government of the United States is planning to start trials of a new UAV designed for transport missions. (ARES Project by Lockheed Martin).
Google and UAVs
Google has announced about its independent development of an aircraft that can be used to deliver cargo. Google experts hope that such UAVs can be employed in relief missions in the aftermath of natural disasters.
A veteran drone
In 2013, Russian authorities announced a competition for the best concept of a cargo UAV aircraft that can carry up to 50 tons for scheduled flights. There was one obstacle on the way. The international cargo aviation industry has been developing for a century. A huge infrastructure was created as a result of this process: cargo terminals, logistics for these shipments, particular standards for aircraft containers and pallets. There is no doubt that the unmanned transport airplanes with integrated state-of-art technologies is the future of the industry. …
5 September 2012
United States Air Force researched opportunities to use Boeing 747 as a flying aircraft carrier. The famous defence contractor designed a concept which freed part of the aircraft interior for “micro-fighter jets”. The concept remained on paper, as no technological solutions to fulfil the project had been found yet.
United States Maritime Force launched Sparrowhawk bi-planes filled with zeppelin helium produced by Goodyear-Zeppelin.
Northrop Grumman, Canada will be able to use Polar Hawk UAV to monitor the ice surface from the height of 18,300 km for 33 hours. The price of one UAV is 200 million USD.
A new approach
Americans have been recognised as trend-setters in the research and development of unmanned aerial vehicles. The U.S. government’s determination to spend billions of dollars on the military development attracts major corporations for further modification of combat and reconnaissance UAVs. The original concept, however, remains unchanged: extremely long flight distances - 24-30 hours in air - satellite control. Such kid of products are oriented solely on domestic market and that of several countries such as Germany, for instance, RQ-4E Euro Hawk priced 1.2bn EUR for 5 UAVs for the Bundeswehr. …