Antonov AN-26 Curl

Antonov AN-26 Curl

Since the late 1980s the Czech Republic has operated a single Antonov An-26 Curl on ELINT duties. The aircraft (Ser No 3209) was given the designation Z-1 (Zastavba 1) indicating the special equipment carried on board and was converted at the Trencin Repair Factory in what is now Slovakia.

Externally the aircraft can be distinguished by two large bulbous antennae at the mid-fuselage point and various other antennae underneath the fuselage. The aircraft is operated by 6 Zakladna Dopravneho Letectva from Prague-Kbely airfield.