Multi-Purpose Transport Aircraft

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    General Data

    The Multi-Purpose Transport Aircraft (MPTA) is being developed within the framework of an interstate agreement between Russia and India.

    According to regulatory documents, the APT is classified as a strategic-tactical medium military transport aircraft ensuring transportation of a wide variety of different cargo up to 20 tons for a distance of 2,000 km from unpaved and artificial airstrips. The design provides for operation from high-level aerodromes in any geographical and climatic conditions, in daytime and nighttime, in easy and adverse weather conditions.

    As a military transport aircraft, the MPTA is designed for transporting and parachuting of military personnel, equipment and cargo onto platforms, and low altitude free-drop delivery of cargo.

    The designed aircraft is made according tostandard aerodynamic design with a high-mounted moderate sweptback wing, T-tail unit and two turbojet engines placed on pylons under the wing.

    It is planned to equip the airplane with two dual-flow turbojet PS-90A-76 engines, with the maximum takeoff thrust of 16 000 kgf. The concept of the aviation electronics complex allows for modernization and expansion opportunities due to its open architecture. The unified information and control field of the cockpit will unite six multifunctional LCD displays and two LCD indicators on the windshield.

    The in-flight refueling system is installed only upon specific request of the customer.

    The flight crew includes three persons: chief pilot, co-pilot, and navigator. The aircraft design envisages installation of an additional seat for the flight engineer.

    The accepted design parameters, cargo compartment dimensions and MPTA power plantensure its capacity to carry up to 80% of arms and military equipment in service today. Dimensions of cross-section of the airproof cargo compartment of the MPTA are identical to similar dimensions of the cargo compartment in the Il-76MD heavy military transport aircraft, which allows using all existing infrastructure for handling, transportation and landing means. The aircraft design ensures autonomous (without contact with the home airfield) solving of transportation tasks and flight preparations by the efforts of technical and flight crews from 2 to 6 persons.

    With account of the high export potential of this aircraft, its design takes into thorough consideration the requirements of both Indian and Russian air forces, as well as those of other would-be customers.A substantial advantage of the MPTA over its rivals is its relatively low price.

    The further development of this aircraft is proposed, by creating these following modifications:


    • radar surveillance and guidance systems aircraft;
    • patrol and reconnaissance aircraft;
    • airborne relay aircraft;
    • search and rescue aircraft;
    • air jamming station;
    • refueling aircraft.
    • Maximum takeoff weight
      72tons
    • Maximum payload
      20tons
    • Flight range with payload of 20 tons
      2 000km
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    Estimated technical characteristics

    Dimensional characteristics
    Length, m 37,7
    Height, m 12,95
    Wingspan, m 35,5
    Total airfoil area, m2160
    Fuselage diameter, m 4,8
    Power plant parameters
    Number x engine type 2 x turbojet engine
    Engine model PS-90A-76
    Top thrust (SI system, H=0), kgf 16 000
    Weight parameters
    Maximum takeoff weight, tons 72
    Maximum payload, tons 20
    Fuel tank capacity, l 30 700
    Aircraft performance
    Cruising speed, km/h 800
    Flight altitude, m to 12 100
    Flight range with payload of 20 tons, km 2 000
    Required airstrip length 1 530
    Number of seats
    Crew, persons 3 (2)
    Military personnel single-deck version:
    70 paratroopers
    70 wounded
    Double-deck version:
    150 military personnel
    Freight compartment parameters
    Length x Width x Height, m 13,85x3,45x3,4
    Project life
    Calendar operating life, years 35
    Number of flights 24 000
    Number of flight hours, hr. 30 000
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