A new light transport aircraft «Baikal» will release in 2020

© RIA Novosti / Alexander Krauledat in photobunny light aircraft FA-2-DTS. Archival photoA new light transport aircraft «Baikal» will release in 2020© RIA Novosti / Alexander Krajevima the image Bank

The production of three prototypes of light transport aircraft «Baikal» (FA-2ДТС) to replace the An-2 («Maize») will start at Ulan-Ude aviation plant in 2020, reported Wednesday RIA Novosti during the exhibition AirShow China in 2018, the official representative of the holding «Helicopters of Russia».

«Aircraft project developed, the documentation is put into production. Production of the first three prototypes will begin in Ulan-Ude in 2020. In 2021 will start their mass production», — said the representative of the holding.

TVs-2ДТС — light aircraft, developed by the Siberian research Institute of aviation behalf Chaplygin to replace the An-2, which is operated by regional aircraft. The new aircraft will be used to solve the problem of poor transport accessibility of remote areas, the solution of public problems for emergency medical assistance, extinguishing of forest fires and for agricultural work. One of the requirements to the aircraft — the possibility of landing on unpaved runways, water, and ice. The ship is equipped with a turboprop engine TPE331-12UAN American company Honeywell.

Serial production aircraft to begin in 2021 at the Ulan-Ude aviation plant and the first operator will be the Yakut airline «Polar airlines».