An-26P Coke (An-24) Firefighting aircraft. First flight: 1987 © Konstantinos Panitsidis

Photos from the personal collection of Kostas Panitsidis


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Twin-engine turboprop firefighting aircraft developed on the basis of the An-26. The prototype first flew in 1987.

 

An-24b Multipurpose transport aircraft © Konstantinos PanitsidisAn-26 Multipurpose military-transport aircraft © Konstantinos Panitsidis

The fire-fighting aircraft is equipped with two groups of tanks installed on the sides of the aircraft (aerodynamic tank / water tank) water tanks are equipped with water release doors, dropping time 2 sec ( dropping water up to 4000 kg). The doors can open either in sequence or all at once depend on the pre-programmed dropping mode by the crew.

An-26P Firefighting aircraft © Konstantinos Panitsidis

Dropping zone: An-26P at a relative speed of 230-240 km/h and 50 m above ground releases a 4.000 kg water load.

In the firefighter version, the An-26P can accommodate a number of 30 forest firefighters combined with cargo that can carry 10 special packages of 100 kg - firefighting equipment. It was also provided for the installation of special containers ASO-2I, with an ammunition load of 384 PV-26 meteorological cartridges.

The tests showed – that the aircraft is an effective in the main in detecting and creating safety lanes in the initial stage of the fire.

In total, five An-26s had been converted to the An-26P level. In 1991 all firefighting aircraft were used to extinguish fires in Siberia, near the city of Lensk (this was their last use as firefighting aircraft).

After the collapse of the USSR in the 1990s, all aircraft were converted to their original configuration, i.e. transport aircraft. 

 


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

DESIGNER
OKB Antonov
COUNTRY
Russia/ Ukraine
TYPE
Firefighting
CREW
3
POWER-PLANT
Two turboprop engine ΑΙ-24VT
Power, h.p
2 x 2.820
Booster engine-1 jet engine (backup system) Tumansky, RU-19A-300, Thrust, kN
7,85
DIMENSIONS
 
Length, m
23,80
Height, m
8,58
Wing span, m
29,20
Wing area m2
74,98
WEIGHT
 
Maximum take-off, kg
23.800
Normal take-off, kg
-
Empty aircraft, kg
15.020
Internal fuel, kg
2.760
PERFORMANCE
 
Maximum speed, km/h
-
Cruising speed, km/h
400
Service ceiling, m
7.500
Range, km
-
Combat range, km
430
Payload, kg
30 passengers with 1.000 kg firefighting equipment or 4.000 ltr water.
ARMAMENT
-