New Ukrainian An-178 military-transport aircraft will perform its maiden flight in April 2015, Lenta.ru reports with reference to Viktor Kazurov, Director of An-178 program, Deputy Chief Designer on An-148 aircraft and its modifications.
An-178 aircraft was derived from An-148/158 regional passenger liner and was previously viewed by Russian air forces as a rival for Il-214 aircraft developed in Russia (also known as MTS – multi-role transport aircraft). Specialists doubt that Ukraine will be able to launch the aircraft’s mass production without the assistance of Russian partners.
At IDEX-2015 show Ukrainian delegation showcased a number of Antonov aircraft, including An-70 transport aircraft and patrol version of An-148 jet able to use guided missiles and other weapons. Ground vehicles were represented by BTR-3E and several types of guided weapons.