The war in Ukraine also brought an abrupt halt to the billion-dollar antigen testing business. Previously, hundreds of tons of tests had been delivered every week via the small provincial airport in Linz Hörsching, many of them for use in Germany. In the midst of the transports was often the Ukrainian transport company Antonov, which also owned the largest aircraft in the world, the An-225. This was almost completely destroyed in Russian attacks – and with it the supply chain.
Several transport planes landed every week until the very end of the Antonov company in Linz Hörsching. The mystery as to why hundreds of tons of rapid antigen tests for central and northern Germany were delivered there of all places has not been clarified to this day. You can also read our diverse research:
Now the fun is over, the automated millions in profits for manufacturers, dealers, middlemen and transport companies are at least paused. It is unclear whether they can ever be resumed in this dimension. Because the transport capacity of the An-225, 250 tons, must first be replaced by other aircraft. We know from a reliable source that normal airliners are also used to transport absurd amounts of Chinese junk tests, where the rows of seats have been completely removed. But of course these cannot keep up with the cargo space of the huge Antonovs. The smaller An-124s, which still have a considerable transport capacity of 120 tons, have not been sighted in Austria since the beginning of the war.
Already in the course of the first waves of Russian attacks on Ukraine, the airports were bombed as an important strategic target. There were probably several hits on what was then the largest aircraft in the world. Looking at the pictures from Perwy Canalused by numerous western media such as Newsfounded were taken over, a picture of destruction emerges. It is unlikely that this plane will ever fly again. A second aircraft of the same type was never completed, probably because a lot of know-how and the will to implement it were lost after the collapse of the Soviet Union. It is stored in a plant in Kyiv.
The claims for damages made by the operating company Antonov to Russia, which is demanding 3 billion US dollars, are completely absurd. In comparison, the cost of completing the semi-finished second AN-225 was estimated at $160 million. Both the attack on the plane and the pictures and the billions in demands are to be understood as part of the media war that accompanies the hostilities in Russia.