The world’s largest cargo aircraft Antonov An-225 Mriya arrived at the Rajiv Gandhi International airport in Hyderabad on Friday. The wide body aircraft is powered by six turbofan engines and is the longest and heaviest airplane ever built, with a maximum takeoff weight of 640 tonnes. It also has the largest wingspan of any aircraft in operational service.
Specially built to undertake transcontinental route airlifting load between 180–230 tonnes, the aircraft came to Hyderabad from Turkmenistan.
Reliance Defence had last month signed a strategic partnership agreement with Antonov company of Ukraine for assembly, manufacture and MRO of Antonov platforms in India, both for the commercial and the military market.