During the third congress of the Russian aircraft manufacturers, Yuri Borisov said:
In the near future we will have to seriously work on a promising aviation complex, I mean the super-heavy transport aircraft. We will have to think about how to create, in the interests of, first of all, the Ministry of Defense, and the civilian market, a sought-after aircraft.
To date, the largest transport aircraft operated by the Russian Ministry of Defense is An-124 Ruslan. The maximum flight range of the An-124 is 7,5 thousand km, the maximum payload capacity is 120 tons. In the structure of the Military Transport Aviation of the Russian Federation - 10 units An-124.
An-124 "Ruslan" - development of OKB im.O.K.Antonova. The first flight of the plane made in December 1982 year. In 1987, active operation of a heavy transport worker began, which for more than a year was the largest aircraft in size in the world.