At this year’s Paris Air Show, held from June 15?21, Antonov presented two major transport aircraft programmes.
The first one is the An?178 multipurpose transport aircraft. Having performed its maiden flight on May 7, 2015 this freighter has already successfully performed a series of tests with total duration of about 40 hours, Antonov said.
The unique feature of the An?178, which has a payload of 18 tons, is its ability to carry all existing types of packaged freights (both containerized and palletized), including 2.44 x 2.44?m 1C high?capacity sea containers. The An?178 can operate from many different runway surfaces, including runways with artificial pavement and unpaved airfields.
Antonov estimates the market demand in such an aircraft as up to 1100 aircraft until 2035.
The second Parish Air Show debutant was the An?132 new?generation light multipurpose transport. It is intended for carrying 9 tons of cargo on short? and medium?haul routes. Antonov said the An?132 is ideally suited to replace the An?32 and An?26.
This project will be realized jointly with partners from Saudi Arabia with the participation of leading aviation companies including Pratt & Whitney Canada, General Electric, Honeywell, Liebherr, and Hamilton Sundstrand.
According to the preliminary estimations, there is marked demand for about 900 An?132s.
“Antonov is one of the most important strategic enterprises for provision of security and economy of the country. At the same time it is a brand that is famous worldwide. Only few enterprises in the world can produce the aircraft of such class,” said Roman Romanov, General Director of Ukroboronprom. “The President of Ukraine sets us a task to considerably increase a number of produced aircraft, to provide its purchase and to establish a powerful system of its operation support”.
Dmytro Kiva, General Designer of Antonov, said the company was actively marketing at the Paris Air Show and promoting things like the proposed An?188 jet transport aircraft based of the An?70, further development of the An?124?100 Ruslan and development of the An?132 light transport.
“We continue working in the segment of transport aircraft. Today at Le Bourget we present the new An?178, and we are sure that it will take a respectable place at the world market,” he said.