eehnie wrote:d_taddei2 wrote:I had heard of plans but didn't see anything but isn't this aircraft for a specific civilian role? Or will it be used as military and other roles? Honeywell engine I would imagine russian military would use something russian built engine
The orders of An-2 after 1970 were minimal. The Russian Armed Forces keep like 3 active and 4 reserve aircrafts produced after 1970. The production of An-2 between 1971 and 1991 was almost totally for civilian purposes and export.
Many designs wanted to be the successor of the An-2, but failed both for military and civil purposes. The concept is outdated.
I disagree on the comment on out dated that would totally depend on what you wanted to use it for the An-2 was used in many roles. And not many planes have such a low stalling speed. I remember reading that the soviets use to fly low and slow and troops would jump out into snow drifts (no parachute) this the officer who was being interviewed stated this was only possible without causing injury due to the low stalling speed of around 30mph which is very low he even stated that they could turn the engine off and glide the plane into landing from slow speeds which would reduce noise when landing special forces also has a very short take off and landing distance of about 170m take off and around 200m landing. All pretty impressive if you want to landing special forces or even as a civilian aircraft operating in small rough airfields etc. In fact north Korean doctrine for its special forces was to use many An-2 to deliver troops via parachute and landing they even went to the extent of replacing parts of the plane with wood to reduce radar signature loool. So I believe that they still have role and they could also be used to drop off personnel supplies or paradrop supplies into hard to reach outposts