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Antonov An-71 "Madcap" Soviet AWACS 1/144 Scale Plastic Model Kit Amodel 1475

Theme: Military

Era : 1980-1999

Scale : 1/144

Material : Plastic

Series: Legendary Aircrafts

Recommended Age Range: 12 Years & Up

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An-71 (according to NATO codification: Madcap - "crazy") is an airborne early warning and control aircraft. Developed in the Design Bureau named after O. K. Antonov to replace the Tu-126 aircraft.
Both experimental flying copies are no longer in operation - one is located at the OKB Antonov airfield in Kyiv, the other was moved to the Kyiv Aviation Museum on October 16, 2010.
This machine was created as a replacement for the Tu-126. Initially, it was planned to create an aircraft based on existing transport vehicles: An-12, An-32, An-72; or creating a special media. However, it was decided to create on the basis of the promising An-72.
In 1982, the government of the USSR decided to start research on the operational-tactical AWACS aircraft. The main enterprise for the development was determined by OKB im. O.K. Antonov, and the Moscow NPO Vega took over the radio-electronic complex. The requirements for the aircraft were very strict, and the deadlines were extremely tight, it was supposed to create an aircraft that was not inferior in performance to the American E-2C. The use of such an aircraft would provide significant support to Soviet aviation in solving tactical combat missions.
The design of the aircraft began in the 1st quarter of 1983 after consideration of the technical proposal. The development plan provided for the following work schedule: the design was to be completed before the 3rd quarter of 1984, then in the 1st-3rd quarter of 1984 production preparation was to be carried out, after which the manufacture of parts and assemblies was planned in the 1st-4th quarter of 1984. The final assembly, installation of systems, testing and transfer of the aircraft for flight tests were planned for the 1st-2nd quarter of 1985. The Decree of the Council of Ministers of the USSR on the construction of the An-71 AWACS aircraft was signed already in the course of work on January 9, 1984. Work was carried out simultaneously on three aircraft, two of which were flying, and one was being developed for statistical testing.
The first An-71 was commissioned in the second quarter of 1985. Initially, it was assembled from the fourth experimental An-72, which by that time already had a large raid and made one emergency landing, after which it was no longer used. The aircraft had a fuselage shorter than the serial one and was equipped with a serial An-72 radar with an oversized nose cone, as a result of which the ship received a characteristic “pelic beak”. The second An-71, built on the basis of the first experimental An-72, was handed over for statistical tests in April 1985, and in May its first loadings were already carried out, after which full-scale tests. The third An-71 was converted from the serial An-72 and was commissioned in the 4th quarter of 1985.