Antonov An-30

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Template:Infobox Aircraft The Antonov An-30 ( NATO Clank), is a development of the An-24 equipped for aerial cartography.

Design and development

The Antonov An-30 is a development of the An-24T fitted with a new forward fuselage with a glazed nose and a raised flight deck. It first flew in 1974, with 123 built.[1]

Operational history

As well as its principal use as a survey aircraft, it has also been used by Bulgaria, Russia and Ukraine to carry out surveillance under the Open Skies Treaty.

The An-30 has also been used as a weather control aircraft as the An-30M. Some have been fitted with frozen tanks of carbon dioxide to be ejected into the sky to form artificial rain clouds. These An-30s have also been put to use to avoid crop-damaging hailstorms and also to maintain good weather, such as at the 850th anniversary of Moscow in September 1997. [2]

Operators

Military An-30 operators

Military operators

 Afghanistan
 Bulgaria
 Czech Republic
 Romania
 Russia
 Ukraine
 Vietnam

Civil operators

In August 2006 a total of 30 Antonov An-30 aircraft remain in airline service[3]:

 People's Republic of China
 Mongolia
 Russia
 Ukraine
 Vietnam

Specifications (An-30)

Data from {Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1988-89}[4]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 7
  • Length: 24.26 m (79 ft 7 in)
  • Wingspan: 29.20 m (95 ft 9½ in)
  • Height: 8.32 m (27 ft 3½ in)
  • Wing area: 75 m² (807 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 15,590 kg (34,370 lb)
  • Useful load: kg (kg)
  • Loaded weight: kg (lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 23,000kg (50,706lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × ZMKB Progress AI-24T turboprops, 2,103 kW (2,803 ehp) each

Performance

Avionics
5 positions for large cameras. Other survey equipment can be fitted.


References

  1. ^ Gunston, Bill (1995). The Osprey Encyclopedia of Russian Aircraft from 1875 - 1995. Osprey Aerospace. ISBN 1-85532-405-9.
  2. ^ M J H Taylor, ed. (1999). Brassey's World Aircraft & Systems Directory 1999/2000 Edition. Brassey's. ISBN 1 85753 245 7.
  3. ^ Flight International, 3-9 October 2006
  4. ^ J W R Taylor, ed. (1988). Jane's All The World's Aircraft,1988-89. Jane's Information Group. ISBN 0-7106-0867-5.

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