Confirmed : Russian Forces destroy Ukraine-owned World’s Largest Plane, restoration will cost $3 Billion.
The Antonov An-225 Mriya was reportedly under repair at Gostomel Airport at the time of invasion.
An-225 was originally designed by the Soviet Union, headed by Russia, to transport the its Buran space shuttle.
Ukraine’s state defense conglomerate, Ukroboronprom, on Sunday confirmed that the invading Russian forces have destroyed Ukraine’s flagship aircraft, the Antonov An-225 Mriya.
According to Ukroboronprom, the aircraft – the world’s biggest cargo plane – was destroyed in an attack by Russian troops on the Hostomel Airport (GML) airport, outside Kiev.
Ukroboronprom also revealed that the restoration of the massive plane will cost more than 3 billion U.S. dollars (or about N1.25 Trillion), and will take a long time to complete. The AN-225 Mriya was reportedly under repair at Gostomel Airport at the time of invasion.
“Russian occupiers destroyed the flagship of Ukrainian aviation — the legendary An-225 “Mriya”. This happened at the Antonov airfield in Gostomel near Kyiv, where the plane was. It will cost over 3 bln USD to restore the plane, the restoration shall be time consuming.
Ukraine will make every effort to ensure that the aggressor state pays for these works.”
Antonov An-225 Mriya
The one-off AN-225 Mriya was designed in the 1980s by the Soviet Union, headed by Russia, to transport the country’s Buran space shuttle.
According to Antonov Airlines, the huge cargo plane is capable of lifting a maximum 551,155 pounds, or 275 tons, nearly double that of Boeing 747-8 freighter.
Mriya is larger than America’s largest cargo plane, the C-5M Super Galaxy, which is normally used to ferry the US Presidents fleets, including a pair of Beasts limousines.