Equipment for aerial photographing An-140-100 aircraft
On February 19, 2020, JSC Experimental Engineering Plant named after V.M. Myasishcheva ”(part of the Transport Aviation Division of United Aircraft Corporation JSC) reported that it had completed work on the modernization of the An-140-100 serial aircraft in the form of aerial photography. A set of design and technological documentation and additions to operational and technical documentation have been released. The aircraft carried out the necessary refinement of the airframe and systems, installed special equipment that allows for cartographic aerial photography of the area. The flight tests of the aircraft were supposed to begin "in the near future."
In fact, at JSC Experimental Engineering Plant named after V.M. Myasishchev ”was converted into an aerial photograph version of the combat aircraft An-140-100 (serial number 11A002, registration number RF-41254) of the Russian Aerospace Forces - the first An-140-100, which was built at Aviakor Aviation Plant JSC in Samara for Russian Ministry of Defense under a contract of December 2009 and was transferred to the Russian Air Force on December 23, 2011.
Recall that the project to create an aerial photography and cartographic version of the An-140 aircraft, designed to replace the An-30B aircraft in the Russian military and civil aviation, has a long history. Back in 2008, the Russian Ministry of Defense signed a contract with Vega Concern JSC to carry out R&D of Renter to develop an aerial photograph version of the An-140 aircraft. As part of the implementation of this OKR in 2012, the Russian Ministry of Defense signed a contract with JSC Aviakor-Aviation Plant for the manufacture of a prototype aerial photographing version of the An-140-100 new-built aircraft in accordance with the Renter “Surveyor”. In fact, due to the problems of the Samara plant and the ensuing conflict with Ukraine, the prototype aerial photographing version of the An-140-100 aircraft at Aviakor remained unfinished, although back in 2016 the company’s management announced their intention to complete this aircraft, finding it difficult, however, to name the deadlines .
Ultimately, in 2018, according to the results of work on the Surveyor R&D, it was decided to re-equip one of the An-140-100 combat planes previously built for the VKS in the passenger version with the aerial photography complex, with the implementation of these works of Experimental Machine-Building Plant named after V.M. Myasishchev. "