An-178 is promising Ukrainian transport short-haul aircraft, created on the basis of AN-158, with a capacity of up to 20 tons.
To date, "Antonov" represented a major aviakontserna. Morally and physically obsolete An-12 requires replacement Antonovites therefore decided to design a new multipurpose cargo plane An-178.
Benefits Ukrainian unitAn-178
According to the plans of engineers model will be equipped with two turbojet engines, whose task is to provide high-speed flight, noise reduction and an increase voyage performance. Among the features highlighted an increase in the size of the aircraft cargo compartment, which solves the problem with the ability to transport any cargo packaging type directly on pallets and shipping containers.
An-178, like all aircraft produced in the state enterprise "Antonov" will inherit the most important quality of transport aircraft machine: autonomy, vseaerodromnost (to exercise any kind of landing on the runway), ruggedness, high reliability and fault tolerance.
To reduce the cost of the transport plane unified with already established models. The main reason for this decision is the cost of the civil aircraft. In the case of a choice between two aircraft with similar characteristics, of course, the buyer will choose the one which is cheaper in price and in operation. The composition of the airframe and equipment AN-178 unified on 50-60% with options An and An-148-158, which in practice proved all the necessary qualities for this type of aircraft. Thanks to the unification of decline not only the price but also the period of construction of the air machine. At the moment, work is being done very quickly. In 2014 year we built a prototype fuselage.
The project designers decided to replace the standard four-engine turboprop diagram of a unique twin-engine turbojet. The fact that the design of the aircraft based on the requirements of the world. There have been conducted special calculations that showed that at the same hourly fuel consumption twin-engine turbojet instances have increased productivity. This is possible thanks to the increased cruising speed.
An-178 plan designed multipurpose transporter with the special opportunity, if necessary, as the conversion of a civilian and a military transport. The first order for the plane came from the Ministry of Defense, but the management of the SE is confident that soon there will be orders from civilian airlines.
Since 178-th has the unique ability to carry virtually all types of packaged goods, but he is a worthy replacement for the An-12, which, though created in 60-ies, yet is still widely used in many countries of Asia, Africa and the CIS . An also-178 be an excellent competition Franco-German "Transal" C-160.
An-178 appeared not on the program of the initiative, his idea largely originated in the Defense Ministry of Ukraine. It is also a major customer.
The history of the airplaneAn-178
In late February 2010, the Antonov Design Bureau announced the start of the design of a new type of cargo aircraft AN-178. According to the project, thanks to two turbojet engines, transport will have a cruising speed of 800 km / h and exceeds the ceiling of the ceiling on the base unit 3000 m. Completion of the prototype was scheduled for the end of the year 2014. At the beginning of the year 15 podnyat planned it in the air. In November 2014-th Antonov embarked ground test prototype. The end of the test was scheduled for March 2015 years. Also in November 2014-started the assembly of the second prototype. According to preliminary agreements, in addition to the Ministry of Defense, will be the first customer aircraft airline Emirates MaximusAir.
Given the need for such aircraft for military and civilian structures, the lack of serious competition (the Russian IL-214 and Brazilian Embraer KC-390) and the relatively low market value of the An-178 (20-25mln dollars), the initial market for the aircraft will be about 800 units with worth more than 14 billion.
|Developer ASTC "Antonov"||ASTC "Antonov"|
|The cost of the development program, mln.||~ 150|
|Unit cost, million.||~ 20-25|
|The base model||An-158|
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