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The Antonov An-30 is a twin-engine turboprop aircraft that was developed by the Antonov Design Bureau in the Soviet Union for aerial cartography and survey missions. It is a modified version of the An-24, with a distinctive glazed nose that houses the navigator and provides a wide field of view for photography.

The An-30 was first flown in 1968 and entered service in 1974. It was used by the Soviet Air Force, the civil aviation authorities, and several other countries for mapping, environmental monitoring, and reconnaissance purposes. It can carry up to seven crew members and various types of cameras and sensors in five hatches on the fuselage3. It has a maximum speed of 540 km/h and a range of 2,630 km1.

The An-30 is also known by its NATO reporting name Clank. It has participated in several international agreements, such as the Open Skies Treaty, which allows unarmed observation flights over the territories of the signatories4. There are currently only 18 of these planes left in the world, and most of them are operated by Russia and Ukraine.

The An-30 is one of the most advanced and specialized aircraft in its class, and it has contributed to the development of cartography and geodesy.


General characteristics

  • Crew: 7
  • Length: 24.26 m (79 ft 7 in)
  • Wingspan: 29.20 m (95 ft 10 in)
  • Height: 8.32 m (27 ft 4 in)
  • Wing area: 74.98 m2 (807.1 sq ft)
  • Aspect ratio: 11.4:1
  • Airfoil: root: TsAGI S-5-18; tip: TsAGI S-3-13
  • Empty weight: 15,590 kg (34,370 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 23,000 kg (50,706 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 6,200 L (1,600 US gal; 1,400 imp gal)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Ivchenko AI-24TVT turboprop engines, 2,090 kW (2,803 shp) each equivalent
  • Powerplant: 1 × Sojuz (Tumanskij) RU-19A-300 turbojet
  • Propellers: 4-bladed constant-speed propellers


  • Maximum speed: 540 km/h (340 mph, 290 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 430 km/h (270 mph, 230 kn)
  • Range: 2,630 km (1,630 mi, 1,420 nmi) (with no reserves)
  • Service ceiling: 8,300 m (27,200 ft)
  • Take-off run: 710 m (2,329 ft)
  • Landing run: 670 m (2,198 ft)


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