The Russian replacement for the Antonov AN-2 airborne for the first time on 10 June 2015 (Image © Sukhoi)

Sukhoi flies first prototype of AN-2 replacement

The skies above Yeltsovka Airport (HA3) of the Novosibirsk Aviation Plant of Sukhoi saw the maiden flight of a new aircraft on 10 June 2015. Piloted by Siberian Research Institute of Aviation (SibNIA) director and test pilot Vladimir Barsu, a small single-engine bi-plane went into the blue yonder. The aircraft only called Light Multipurpose Aircraft for now was given is to replace the Ukrainian-made Antonov AN-2s in Russia, according to statement released by Sukhoi.

The new plane is partly constructed by carbon fiber parts and polymeric composite materials (PCM) and will be produced at the Novosibirsk aircraft plant. No planned number of aircraft have been announced though, but once the aircraft has been tested that could go into anything from 100 to several thousand of aircraft.

The carbon fiber elements are included in the wings and ribs of the biplane. More PCMs are to be put into the fuselage, while design and construction of the aircraft continues.

© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger, based on source information provided by Sukhoi
Featured image: The first step to a Russian replacement for the Antonov AN-2 airborne for the first time on 10 June 2015 (Image © Sukhoi)