Bulgaria to Russian Military Aircraft: 'You Shall Not Pass!'
The An-124 Ruslan [Condor] was manufactured in parallel by two plants: the Russian company Aviastar-SP and by the Kyiv Aviation Plant AVIANT, in Ukraine. Design work started in 1971 and construction of facilities began in 1973. Manufacturing on the first airframe began in 1979. Ultimately this project brought together over 100 factories contracted to produce systems and parts.