Antonov announced Thursday that its new short-range medium airlift military transport aircraft, AN−178 new transport, has made its first flight.
The first flight lasted for an hour in Kyiv−Antonov airport (Gostomel). The aircraft has been built in cooperation with partners from 15 countries
First revealed in February 2010, the twin-jet An-178 is intended to replace the An-12 'Cub', the An-26 'Curl', and An-32 'Cline' airlifters. The An-178 is, in essence, an An-158 regional jet with a rear loading ramp (the two types share a number of components, including the front fuselage and cockpit, and nosewheel leg).