The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine intends to purchase three military transport An-178 for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The Office signed with “Antonov” memorandum of cooperation on the construction of aircraft for the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
According to the Ukrainian edition of Defense Express, the signed memorandum provides for the purchase of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine of three new military transport aircraft An-178. highlights, that the production of aircraft must go under state guarantees. A loan for this should be issued by one of the state banks of Ukraine, and the government should act as a guarantor of the loan repayment.
The signing of the memorandum was held with the participation of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.
(…) new aircraft “Antonova” for the Armed Forces of Ukraine will be built by Ukrainian citizens, from Ukrainian components, for Ukrainian interests. Actually so, as it should be
– the president said.
CEO “Ukroboronproma” Yuri Gusev said, that counts on the conclusion of new state contracts for the manufacture of AN-178 aircraft already from 2021 of the year.
About, that the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense intends to purchase three An-178 aircraft for the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, reported in September this year. This emphasized, that in the future, the number of ordered An-178 for the Armed Forces of Ukraine should increase over time.
An-178 multipurpose transport aircraft is a development of the An-148 / An-158 regional aircraft. The aircraft was designed without using design documentation., which led to a misalignment of the aircraft due to designers' miscalculations. The plane has not yet reached the stage of mass production..
According to the developers, the aircraft has the following characteristics: altitude – 12 km, range – 5500 km, full speed – 825 kmh. The shape of the fuselage and ramp make it possible to transport bulky cargo weighing up to 18 tonnes, including containers.
For our part, we note, that for all the time after the break in cooperation with Russia, Ukraine managed to assemble only two aircraft without Russian components: An-178 and a demonstration copy of An-132D. All planes, constructed “Antonov” depended heavily on Russian details, and the government of Ukraine does not allocate funds for import substitution of components.