they r not exact copies anymore, but deeply modernized Chinese produced planes.
Still not familiar with Chinese types or designations.
that production run will not be stopped, but could be adjusted to make wider cabins.
Making them wider increases drag and will reduce range. If there were specific reasons to do so then it would make sense but you have not offered any.
Matching what other countries are doing makes no sense because other countries have different vehicles needing transport so they will have different needs... which means nothing to Russia.
I didn't suggest they import Y-20s, but they been tested & will be more capable with more powerful engines that Russia already has on IL-476s.
Being wider they will need more powerful engines and burn more fuel to do the same job.
Eventually the Il-476 will likely get PD-18s which should be pretty much idea for their intended role.
the An-22s r still in service & do their job- otherwise they would've put all of them in storage & museums a long time ago.
They have been reducing the number in service all this time... they are useful, but not irreplaceable... the An-124 over the short term is the obvious replacement, but has the same fundamental flaw of the An-22... the An in its designation, so while for the short term the An-124s can be used to perform the roles the An-22s performed, they need a replacement for both aircraft... and those replacements are the Il-106 and the Slon family of aircraft. They will have 4-5 years gap before their new engines are ready so there is no urgency in getting these new planes into production... the An-124s can continue doing what they are doing till their final replacements are ready to replace them.
They could use more of them if they had them; otherwise, why still mull developing the IL-106?
It is not worth upgrading An-22s as they are slated for replacement. Upgrades to the An-124 make sense as their replacements are likely further off and they are completely made in Russia except for their engines anyway... unlike the An-22 which is made in Uzbekistan or was about 45 years ago.
they r not entirely Chinese designs: Antonov people helped them & the An-70 (co-developed with Russia) influence is visible on the Y-20.
So they are part Chinese and part Ukrainian... that does not really help considering the purpose is to remove Ukrainian and Uzbekistani aircraft from Russian service...
sometimes it does
Sometimes it might, but when the process of introducing new aircraft to replace existing types previously produced together with a now hostile neighbour it makes no sense to rush to buy aircraft part designed by said hostile neighbour and a non hostile neighbour before a suitable new engine is even ready... that aircraft you suggest would only be suitable with the new engines the Russian designed aircraft are waiting on so there is no value polluting the view with alternatives if they will be no quicker than existing pre planned Russian options.
It doesn't exist yet, but the An-124 does.
The An-124 is to be replaced... there is no value in designing versions of it because they will need to be replaced too... ie wasting money on stopgap designs that might have their own problems... and again the AN-124 uses Ukrainian engines... what will this modified An-124 use? ...if you say new Russian engines then you get the same delay you had with the new Russian designs but with a Soviet plane that needs to be replaced anyway...
THE IL-106 AND SLON may take longer to appear, for all I know, in the meantime they r basically repeating the IL-476 saga with the An-124.
They might take longer than expected but that will still be rather quicker than trying to copy a Orc/Chinese plane that doesn't even have an engine at the moment that is worth looking at for Russian service.
they'll operate within the range of their AShBMs; their warheads r supersonic.
Their supersonic warheads are based on Soviet and Russian missiles...
the USSR was a Russian Empire under a different name. Read their hymn lyrics
The Soviet Union is Russia like Wales is English.
It was moved there to be in a better climate, help the local economy & be closer to other enterprises.
It was moved to provide jobs in the region to spread technology and development... something they will benefit enormously from not having to do any more for such ungrateful parasites.
Now the Ukraine and Baltic states can cry and demand a nipple from the EU and US to help them...
Good riddance to bad trash
X2 Russia is much better off without those ungrateful countries.
ur Serbia & entire Yugoslavia would be drowned in blood for lot longer had not the USSR defeated the Nazis!
Yeah, I keep getting told I would be speaking Japanese if it wasn't for the mighty US forces saving my ass... except they didn't... they didn't really lift a finger until their interests were effected, America saved its own ass and ours was saved at the same time by accident.
For Europe it was Hitlers decision to attack the Soviets that resulted in his death and defeat, the Soviets didn't fight the Germans to save Yugoslavia or anyone but themselves, but it seems europe has even forgotten that.
Who cares what they think anyway... it is their job to talk down the enemy and talk up the new suppliers of milk direct from the nipple...
The West, esp. the Anglo-Saxons, always regarded Russia as a rival, regardless of its ideology. That's why they didn't allow her to join NATO in the 90s.
Being a British colony New Zealand has a long history of fear of the Russians... before communism was even a thing.
Many major ports in New Zealand had guns built to defend them from invasion and they were built two centuries ago in the 1800s before the Soviet Union was even an idea... they were to stop the Russians from coming... back when they would be the Russians... fine Russians like Thaddeus Von Bellingshausen... I think he would now be called Estonian or something, but then he was Russian. At a time when ships from Europe sailed to America and lost several hundred people on the trip because of vitamin C deficiency Thaddeus sailed around the world without losing a single sailor.... what a barbarian he must have been...
Ex-Soviet republics can/will soon be able to get a RF passport & even if he stays there, it's a huge 5th column that will make the local powers that be think twice before hurting Russia in any way, shape or form.
More like it will give them a list of who needs to be oppressed... what can Russia do about it? A Russian just got arrested in Italy on a US court order... what can Russia do about it except adopt the same pathetic policy... or perhaps just arrest people at random as hostages... where will that end?
More importantly why would the US care... when their spies get caught they can just make up some charges against some Russian in their country and arrest them and ask for a swap.... a real spy for a gun nut that used to love the US and their gun laws but now probably thinks differently about the place.
That's where history is influenced by geography:
That is why a proper navy with aircraft carriers is important to Russia so it can expand trade beyond its borders... there are plenty of countries around the world that would love to trade with a country with modern technology and resources that does not demand they change their laws or adopt someone elses moral code just to trade with them like the west does.