The Antonov AN-225 Mriya, the world’s largest jetliner outfitted with six engines and massive cargo hold, arrived in Germany carrying 10million face masks for the battle against COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ukrainian cargo plane arrived at Leipzig/Halle airport on Monday morning and was welcomed by German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.
At present’s flight was made possible by the NATO-supported Strategic Airlift International Solution – or SALIS – which provides nations participating in the program with access to Antonov heavy transport plane. A further two flights with an additional 14,900,000 protective face masks are arriving in Germany through SALIS-contracted Antonov aircraft from China.
The sole Antonov AN-225 plane was built in the Eighties to transport space shuttles and might carry as much as 250 tons of shipload. The aircraft’s smaller version, the AN124, has already moved vital supplies required during the pandemic to several NATO nations, along with the Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, and Slovenia.
NATO member nations are pooling their assets to a constitution particular plane that gives the Alliance the aptitude to move troops, tools, and provides throughout the globe. Sturdy strategic airlift capabilities are important to make sure that NATO international locations are in a position to deploy their forces and equipment quickly to wherever they are needed.
Nine NATO Allies – Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia – take part in the SALIS program which is controlled by the NATO Support and Procurement Agency. The plane is operated by Antonov Logistics SALIS from Leipzig/Halle airport.