Two mobile meteorological support vehicles have arrived back in Yekaterinburg, Russia, from Delhi, India, onboard a Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ An-124-100 aircraft after going for a ‘test drive’.
The mobile stations, each weighing 12 tons and accompanied by a 4-ton trailer, drove into the An-124’s giant cargo hold under their own power. Each shipment measured 8.5 metres in length and 3.6 metres in height and was loaded along with the 5 metre long trailer. The consignor and consignee’s representatives monitored the loading and unloading of the cargo at Indira Gandhi International Airport and Koltsovo Airport.
The flight was operated on behalf of the Government of India, which ordered the meteorological vehicles from the Russian manufacturer, Uraltransmash. The purpose of the transportation was to enable specialists in India to familiarise themselves with the equipment and to conduct tests using it.