Sukhoi KR-860

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Sukhoi KR-860
Sukhoi KR-860.jpg
Role Double decker airliner
National origin Russia
Manufacturer Sukhoi
Status Proposal (only built a 1/24 scale model)
Number built 0

The Sukhoi KR-860 (Kryl'ya Rossii or Wings of Russia),[1] earlier named the SKD-717, was a double decker wide-body superjumbo jet aircraft proposed by Russian aerospace company Sukhoi.[2]

Development[edit]

The design had a maximum weight of about 650 tonnes, a payload of about 300 tonnes, the main deck having a 12-abreast seating with three aisles, while the upper deck had 9-abreast seating with two aisles, It was intended to carry 860 to 1000 passengers. Entry would be through conventional fuselage doors or forward and aft ventral escalators. The wing design had winglets and a fold outboard of the outer engine.[3] For comparison the Antonov An-225 has a maximum weight of 600 tonnes and a payload is 250 tonnes. A 1/24 scale model was shown[4][5][6] at the 1999 Paris Air Show.[7] If built, the aircraft would have been the world's largest, widest, and heaviest airliner.[8]

The concept for the aircraft began in the 1990s with a forecast programme cost of US$10 billion (early published figures were US$4–5.5B) and called for the first aircraft to be built before 2000. With an estimated price per unit of about US$160–200 million (an earlier published estimate was US$150M) the market was forecast for a total of 300 aircraft, with production planned for the Kazan Aircraft Production Association facility. Initially designed for the carriage of passengers, later a KR-860T (T stands for Tanker) version was proposed for use as an aerial Liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker for far-north regions. Taking advantage of the presence of LNG on the aircraft, the design proposed using LNG to fuel the turbines, rather than conventional Jet fuel, like on the Tupolev Tu-206.[9]

The project did not proceed beyond the stage of marketing models.

Specifications (KR-860)[edit]

Data from rusarmy.com[10]

General characteristics

  • Capacity: 860-1000 passengers
  • Length: 80 m (262 ft 6 in)
  • Wingspan: 88 m (288 ft 9 in) with the wings unfolded or 64 m (210 ft) span with wings folded
  • Wing area: 700 m2 (7,500 sq ft)
  • Max takeoff weight: 650,000 kg (1,433,005 lb)

Performance

  • Cruising speed: 1,000 km/h (621 mph; 540 kn)
  • Range: 15,000 km (9,321 mi; 8,099 nmi)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Litovkin, Dmitry (28 October 2009). "Interview with Mikhail Simonov - the inventor of the Sukhoi jet fighters". Russia Now (Rossiyskaya Gazeta). Retrieved 27 November 2009. 
  2. ^ Kingsley-Jones, Max (22 December 1999). "Giant dreams". Flight International. Retrieved 27 November 2009. 
  3. ^ Hepher, Tim; Dmitry Solovyov (10 June 2009). "Russian Superjet lands in Paris for world premiere". Reuters. Retrieved 27 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "Sukhoi displays 900-seater concept". Flight International. 23 June 1999. Retrieved 27 November 2009. 
  5. ^ http://www.testpilot.ru/russia/sukhoi/kr/860/images/kr860_5.jpg
  6. ^ http://www.testpilot.ru/russia/sukhoi/kr/860/images/kr-860a.jpg
  7. ^ Jackson, Paul, ed. (2001). Jane's all the world's aircraft. Jane's Information Group. p. 450. ISBN 978-0-7106-2307-2. 
  8. ^ Reeves, Phil (17 April 1998). "Russia plans to build world's largest passenger airliner". The Independent. Retrieved 27 November 2009. 
  9. ^ "PSC "Tupolev" – Cryogenic aircraft". Tupolev.ru. Retrieved 2010-11-13. 
  10. ^ КР-860 "Крылья России" (Russian). rusarmy.com. english translation

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