Antonov An-30

 

1st Flight 1967

The Antonov An-30, is a development of the An-24 designed for aerial cartography.

The first aerial survey version of the Antonov An-24 was designed by the Beriev OKB and designated An-24FK.

The FK stood for fotokartograficheskiy (Aerial cartography) Aircraft.

The prototype was converted from a production An-24A at Beriev’s No. 49 construction shop during 1966.

 The An-24FK made its first flight on 21 August 1967, with state acceptance trials being completed in 1970 and civil certification completed in 1974.

Redesignated An-30, production began in 1971 at the Antonov factory.

123 production An-30s were manufactured between 1971 and 1980 in Kiev in two main versions.

In addition to its principal use as a survey aircraft, it has also been used by Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Romania, Russia and Ukraine to carry out surveillance under the Open Skies Treaty.

The An-30 has also been used as a weather control aircraft as the An-30M.

Some have been fitted with frozen tanks of carbon dioxide to be ejected into the sky to form artificial rain clouds.

Between 1971 and 1980 a total of 115 aircraft were built and 23 were sold abroad to Afghanistan, Bulgaria, China, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Mongolia and Vietnam.

An-30s completely mapped Afghanistan in 1982.

Cuban An-30s saw active service in Angola in 1987.

Specifications

Crew: 7

Length: 24.26 m (79 ft 7 in)

Wingspan: 29.2 m (95 ft 10 in)

Height: 8.32 m (27 ft 4 in)

Wing area: 75 m2 (810 sq ft)

Aspect ratio: 11.4

Airfoil: root: TsAGI S-5-18; tip: TsAGI S-3-13

Empty weight: 15,590 kg (34,370 lb)

Max take-off weight: 23,000 kg (50,706 lb)

Powerplant: 2 × Ivchenko AI-24T turboprop engines, 2,090 kW (2,803 shp) each equivalent

Propellers: 4-bladed constant-speed propellers

Performance

Maximum speed: 540 km/h (340 mph, 290 kn)

Cruise speed: 430 km/h (270 mph, 230 kn)

Range: 2,630 km (1,630 mi, 1,420 nmi)

Service ceiling: 8,300 m (27,200 ft)

Avionics

Five positions for large cameras.

Other survey equipment can be fitted.

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