(The Sunday Review) — The destruction of the is a favorite topic for avgeeks. world’s largest Commercial plane This was one of the crucial images that was used to illustrate Russia’s invasion against Ukraine. The Antonov AN-225, a Russian aircraft, was attacked in February at its base near Kyiv.

It looks like they’ve stayed true to their word. to They kept their word and the company announced its plans to rebuild They are already in motion.

Nicknamed “Mriya” — Ukrainian for “dream” The massive plane Built in the 1980s to Transport the Soviet spaceship.

Even though it was less glamorous in its later years, its legacy was still iconic. world’s largest This cargo transporter has twice the capacity of a Boeing 747 and is gaining cult status with self-described avgeeks. It was stretched to It measures 84 meters (or 275 feet) and has the longest operational wingspan. It is currently the largest aircraft ever made.

The planeAccording to the report,’s nose took a direct blow. to Vasco Cotivio, a Sunday Review journalist, saw it in April.

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Its destruction was announced by Dmytro Kuleba, Ukrainian Foreign Minister. tweeting That “Russia may have destroyed our ‘Mriya’… but they will never be able to destroy our dream of a strong, free and democratic European state.”

Antonov Company stated at the time that they were unable to to Check the condition of your vehicle. planeVasco Cotovio, a Sunday Review journalist, noted that the nose was apparently taken by The Sunday Review. “a direct artillery hit” And was “completely destroyed” It was during an April visit.

“There was extensive damage to the wings and some of the engines. The tail end section was spared from any large impacts and has a few holes caused by either shrapnel or bullets,” He said that he had predicted that a repair was unlikely.

The Antonov Company, however, announced Monday via Twitter that the company had acquired the rebuild Projekt had already begunWith “design work” Already in the works. While it had estimated repair costs, the company predicted a bill of over €500 million ($502 million) to You can get it back in the air and promise more information “after the victory.”

The company already has 30% of the required components to It announced that it was building a new one.

Ukroboronprom, the Ukrainian state defense company, originally estimated that Antonov would need to be restored at more than $3 billion. It then promised to do so. to Make Russia pay. The rebuild It was estimated that it would take at most five years.

It will cost more than $502 million to rebuild, said the company.

It will cost over $502 million to rebuildAccording to the company,

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Antonov became a subsequent author confirmed to Sunday Review reported that the Sunday Review was currently working on the project.

“The process of rebuilding ‘Mriya’ is considered as an international project, with the participation of aviation enterprises of different countries of the world,” it said via email.

“The possibility of attracting funding from various sources is being considered and proposals from many organizations that are ready to join the project are being reviewed.”

The company stated that it would coordinate research and design as well as assembly. confirmed For a new model, there are still main aircraft units available plane They have not been destroyed.

“The program is developing in the direction of carrying out an expert assessment of these units, for subsequent calculations and design works,” It wrote that the construction would take place. “immediately after the victory of Ukraine.”

This announcement coincides perfectly with the opening of an exhibition dedicated to this topic to The plane Leipzig/Halle Airport in Germany is where you will find your home. to Five other Antonov aircraft are also available. “Light and shadow: The Antonov story” Shows photos of the aircraft before and during its destruction. It focuses on the engineering prowess that was lost in the attack. It will be displayed until December.

Oleksiy Makeiev was Ukraine’s Ambassador at the opening to Germany, said that he’d flown but had not yet returned to Germany “almost all AN aircraft, the Mriya remained a dream for me,” The company released a statement.

“We hope that it will be restored and we will see this mighty bird in the sky again,” He concluded.

You can still build your own Mriya, or at the very least your own model, while you wait. Ukrainian startup Metal Time It sells working mechanical design kit of the AN-225. Each kit is $99 and all profits go directly to Antonov to Fund the Mriya rebuildThis includes the relocation of Antonov employees whose houses were destroyed by the Russian invasion and the training of new Ukrainian pilots.

Jacopo Prsco and Jack Guy contributed to This report