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An-178

Tactical transport aircraft

An-178

The An-178 is a new Ukrainian military transport aircraft

 
 
Country of origin Ukraine
Entered service ?
Crew 4 men
Dimensions and weight
Length 33 m
Wing span 28.8 m
Height 10.1 m
Weight (empty) ?
Weight (maximum take off) ?
Engines and performance
Engines 2 x Ivchenko-Progress D436-148FM
Traction 2 x ? kN
Maximum speed ?
Cruising speed 825 km/h
Service ceiling 12.2 km
Range (with maximum payload) 1 000 km
Range (with 15 t payload) 2 000 km
Range (with 10 t payload) 4 000 km
Range (with 5 t payload) 4 700 km
Ferry range 5 500 km
Payload
Maximum payload 18 t
Troops 90 men
Cargo compartment dimensions 16.6 x 2.4 x 2.4 m

 

   The An-178 is a short-range tactical transport aircraft. It was developed by Ukrainian Antonov design bureau. Its development commenced in 2004. It is based on civilian An-158 regional jet aircraft. Some modifications were made to adapt this aircraft for military service. It has a wider fuselage and is fitted with a rear loading ramp. This aircraft is a proposed replacement for the ageing An-12, An-26 and An-32 tactical aircraft most of which are worn-out already. Originally this aircraft was mainly aimed at the Russian market. It was also planned that most of An-178 aircraft will be assembled in Russia. However since 2014, due to the Russian military involvement in Ukraine, all deliveries of military equipment, components and technical cooperation with Russia were stopped. The An-178 made its first flight and was first publicly revealed in 2015. Azerbaijan ordered 10 of these tactical transport aircraft. It is planned that 3 aircraft will be delivered to Ukrainian air force. In 2015 Saudi Arabia has announced that they are going to purchase 30 of these Ukrainian military aircraft.

   This new Ukrainian transport aircraft has a maximum payload capacity of 18 000 kg. In terms of payload capacity it is similar to a C-130 Hercules.

   The An-178 has a pressurized cargo hold. In troops transport role it can carry 90 passengers, or 70 paratroopers, or 68 litters with medical attendants. Alternatively it can carry three 4x4 light utility vehicles, such as HMMWV, or two standard shipping containers.

   This military transport aircraft is intended to operate over short distances. With maximum payload of 18 t it has a range of 1 000 km.

   The An-178 is powered by two Ivchenko-Progress D436-148FM turbofan engines. These engines are produced in Ukraine.

   Thus cargo aircraft needs a 2 500 m long runway in order to take off. It can take off and land from ground airstrips.

 

Video of the An-178 tactical transport aircraft

 
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