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World’s Largest Cargo Aircraft Lands in Hyderabad

Reliance Defence will handle assembly, manufacture and MRO of Antonov platforms in India.

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The world’s largest cargo aircraft - Antonov An-225 Mriya - makes its first landing in India at the Rajiv Gandhi International airport in Hyderabad early on Friday.

The wide body An-225 aircraft, powered by six jet engines, is the longest and heaviest airplane ever built. It has a maximum takeoff weight of 640 tonnes and has the largest wingspan of any aircraft in operational service.

The aircraft was specially built to undertake transcontinental route airlifting loads between 180–230 tonnes.

Reliance Defence signed a strategic partnership agreement with Antonov company of Ukraine for assembly, manufacture and MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Operation) of Antonov platforms in India, both for the commercial and the military market last month.

The partnership agreement would provide the benefits of quality and low cost solution for 50-80 seater aircraft through its core competencies, it said adding that the joint venture envisages design and manufacture of the medium lift dual use turbofan aircraft in India with transfer of niche technologies.

(With inputs from PTI)

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