Created to replace the legendary An-2, the new LMS-901 aircraft was shown at the MAKS-2021 international aerospace show, which began in Zhukovsky outside Moscow. Flight tests of the first prototype are due to begin this year.
The development of a new light aircraft, which in the future will replace the An-2 "Kukuruznik", is being carried out by the "Baikal-Engineering" company, which presented the aircraft at the air show. The presented prototype has a General Electric H80-200 engine, but in the future it will be replaced by the Russian VK-800S. LMS-901 has a length of 12,2 meters, a height of 3,7 meters and a wingspan of 16,5 meters. Maximum takeoff weight - 4,8 tons, speed - up to 300 km / h. The maximum flight range is 3 thousand km. Seats 9 passengers and can carry up to 2 tons of payload.
At the moment, it is known that in 2022 the second prototype of the aircraft should join the flight tests. Further plans have not been disclosed, but the aircraft should go into serial production in 2024, at least this task was set by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In the summer of 2019, the Ministry of Industry and Trade announced a tender for the development of a light multi-functional aircraft for nine passengers to replace the An-2. The winner was LLC "Baikal-engineering" - a subsidiary of the Ural plant of civil aviation... At the same time, the Ministry of Industry and Trade abandoned the single-engine TVS-2021DTS "Baikal" aircraft, which was planned for serial production from 2, the development of which went to the creation of the LMS-901 "Baikal".