Ukraine Cooperates with Russia on $4bln AN-70 Project
KYIV, Ukraine, August 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
Ukrainian company Antonov together with Russian United Aircraft Corporation will
participate in manufacturing Antonov An-70 transport airplanes. Russian defense ministry
already placed an order for 60 such machines, USD 67 million apiece. Developed since 1978,
An-70 can carry heavier cargo than existing transport planes and land on ill-equipped
An-70 can carry 300 troopers, or 200 injured persons, or 47 tons of freight.
Comparably, the closest alternative to An-70 – Airbus A400M Atlas – can carry 37 tons of
cargo. Market price of the Spanish A400M is EUR 145 million, whereas the Ukrainian An-70
costs less than USD 70 million.
Planes An-70 will be produced at JSC Gorbunov Kazan Aviation Production Association in
Kazan, Russia. The plane can fly at a speed of 780 kilometers per hour at distances of up
to 7,800 kilometers. An-70 is capable of landing on 600-800 meter runways with earth
surfaces. Onboard navigation equipment allows the plane to land and takeoff at airports
lacking special earth-based equipment.
The four engines Progress D-27 make it possible for shorter takeoff and landing of
An-70. By the end of August 2012, Ukraine plans to finalize testing of the three-shaft
propfan engine. Ukrainian state enterprise Ivchenko-Progress developed the engine, while
PJSC Motor Sich, Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, will produce D-27.
An-70 will be built in compliance with the AP-25 norms of the Interstate Aviation
Committee – Airworthiness Standards for Category Airplanes. This will allow certification
of An-70 for civilian aviation in Western Europe and North America.
The planned amount of An-70s to be produced by 2020 is 80 machines. Specifically for
the purposes of An-70 production Russia will build a separate plant at JSC Gorbunov Kazan
Aviation Production Association, according to the Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry
Besides Russia, Ukraine is currently cooperating with China (AI-222-25F turbofans),
Iran (An-140, An-148) on aircraft production projects. Additionally, in July 2012, joint
Ukraine-Russia Ruslan SALIS GmbH won NATO air transportation bid.
Ruslan SALIS will provide An-124-100s for air transportation services for the
Strategic Airlift Interim Solution project. Within the framework of previous cooperation
with joint Ukraine-Russia enterprise, NATO uses An-124-100s to transport troops to and
from Afghanistan and peacekeepers in and out of Darfur, as well as to deliver aid to the
victims of October 2005 earthquake in Pakistan.
SOURCE Worldwide News Ukraine