The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence ordered three three An-178 military transport aircraft the first such order since the country gained independence in 1991.
The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi took part in the signing of a contract between the Antonov State Enterprise and the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine for the construction and supply of three An-178 military transport aircraft. The event took place on December 29.
The delivery of the first serial aircraft will be performed after the completion of certification tests and obtaining a type certificate for the An-178-100R aircraft and is planned for 2023.
"These new planes will be built by Ukrainian citizens, from Ukrainian components, for Ukrainian interests. In fact, as it should be," Zelensky stressed adding that many international partners are showing significant interest in the An family of aircraft, in particular in military transport models.
The An-178-100R is the first Ukrainian military transport aircraft with turbojet engines, which in the future should replace the An-26, which is mostly equipped with the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The contract for three aircraft under state guarantees is the first state order for the construction of domestic air carriers for the Armed Forces.
In early December this year, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine allowed the Ministry of Defense to advance this agreement. Earlier, the contract for the supply of An-178 was signed with a foreign customer.
The An-178 aircraft is designed to deliver personnel and light equipment, transport material, mail and other cargo. In emergency situations, it can be used to evacuate the population from the disaster area, transport the wounded, land rescue teams and more.
The aircraft can land and take off from any aerodrome and has a payload of up to 18 tons. The maximum cruising speed of the machine is 825 km / h, the maximum flight altitude is over 12 km, and its maximum range is about 5 thousand km. The aircraft is equipped with two domestic turbojet engines D-436-148FM, created by OJSC "Motor Sich" and SE "Ivchenko Progress", which is part of "Ukroboronprom".