A whole family of military transport aircraft, ranging from medium to heavy, is to be designed as part of the Prospective Airborne Complex of Transport Aviation (PAK TA) project, a military source has told the Russian online publication Lenta.ru.
Some of the aircraft will be specifically designed to carry tanks and Armata-mounted armored vehicles. According to Russian media reports, the Armata universal combat platform may be displayed during the Victory Day parade in Moscow on May 9 this year.
The majority of aircraft used in Russian military transport aviation were designed back in Soviet times. Since their upgrade makes it possible to just slightly extend the service life of the aircraft, defense industry companies insist that new transport aircraft be developed.