The A 72 was planned as a substitution for the A 26 strategic transport for the Soviet aviation based armed forces, however variations are being used as business tankers.
The primary of five flying A 72 models flew shockingly on August 31 1977, despite the fact that it was not until much later in December 1985 that the first of eight widely amended preproduction A 72s flew. Included in this preseries cluster were two A 74s, contrasting from the A 72s in their capacity to work in brutal climate conditions in polar districts. Generation of the A 72/74 family proceeds.
Renditions of the A 72/74 family (NATO codename `coaler') incorporate the A 72 base model with stretched out wings and fuselage contrasted with the models, the A 72s VIP transport and A 72p oceanic watch air ship.
Renditions of the A 74 incorporate the A 74a, the base A 74 model emphasizing the broadened nose radome, the A 74t vessel, the A 74tk, 74tk100 and 74tk200 convertible traveler/tanker models, and the A 74p200d VIP transport.
The most huge outline peculiarity of the A 72 and A 74 is the utilization of the Coanda impact to enhance STOL execution, which uses motor fumes gasses blown over the wing's upper surface to help lift. Different gimmicks incorporate multi opened folds, back stacking slope and multi unit arriving rigging equipped for operations from ill-equipped strips.
Pictures of Antonov An-72/74