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that serially produces AN-74, Russia owns the largest fleet made up from these aircraft, even though this fleet is outdated. In October 2013, Russia restored its “Temp” military base (Kotelny Island, Novosibirsk Isles), which has transformed into a strategic point of the Russian presence in the Arctic. AN-72 and AN-74 are the only logistic airplanes that could be used on this base. The time has come to investigate new opportunities that AN-74 provides, particularly its updated version AN-74T-200A. It is possible to produce an entire collection of required modifications of the airplane quickly, using simple techniques and at minimal level of engineering costs. The AN-74 “Iceland gull” concept for S.W.A.T. troops enables to transport military or police personnel and several vehicles produced by the EU and the U.S. enterprises as part of the special task force.
What has been done
International producers do not pay a lot of attention to specialised transport vehicles that can work in the Arctic and the Antarctic. Usually this is a handful of inventions that successfully outlived the time period in which they were developed. The most popular of these vehicles is Bandvagn 206 (BV-206 «Moose») produced by Hägglunds (Sweden) in 1974. Its more compact military version, BV 206S Caterpillar Track, fits perfectly into AN-74 (see the pic below). The opportunity to transport eight two-seated snowmobiles in the two-tier cargo section + at least 4 sleds-trailers to carry additional cargo or the wounded forms the basis of the technical equipment that the “Polar S.W.A.T.” needs for its mission. AN-74 “Iceland gull” concept also includes an area where operatives can get first medical aid, as well as a mission control facilities with airborne radio equipment.
«Iceland gull»: The world is not enough
The AN-74 “Iceland gull” concept unifies a cargo section that transports eight two-seated snowmobiles of the Bombardier Ski-Doo Skandic 600 WT type or one armored Hägglunds BV 206 S Caterpillar Track (Sweden) + cabin for a S.W.A.T. team (14 seats +1 additional seat).