The main task of "Anthea" was the delivery of intercontinental ballistic missiles and launch equipment. The mobility of the Soviet troops increased significantly. And, as was the case during the Cold War, the United States made a reciprocal move by announcing a competition for the creation of a strategic military transport aircraft. The victory in it was gained by Lockheed, which eventually created the C-5 "Galaxy". The plane will turn out very successful and practical.
In response, the development of such an aircraft will start in the USSR. Then various options were considered: from the deep modernization of the An-22, to the creation of a huge six-engine transporter, to ensure a record carrying capacity.
It is worth recalling that a little more than a month ago, the military transport aviation The Russian Federation received the first deeply modernized An-124. Thus, the domestic enterprise Aviastar-SP breathed new life into one of the largest aircraft in the world.