Ukrainian Antonov Company is replacing more than half of An-178 aircraft’s components for Ukraine, to avoid Russian-made ones, Director General of the State Concern Ukroboronprom Yuriy Husev has said.
“Complete elimination of dependence on the supply of components from the Russian Federation is among the main priorities. The contract for the construction of three An-178 aircraft, signed in the presence of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky in late December last year, stipulates that all components will be imported,” Husev said at the roundtable meeting “Import substitution: the potential for domestic production and strengthening the independence of the state,” an Ukrinform correspondent reported.
Antonov Company will have to replace 54% of all parts used for the An-178 aircraft. In particular, these are the life support system, transport equipment, supervision system, and special systems.
In May 2021, Antonov Company completed the construction of the fuselage of the first of three An-178s. The assembly of the first aircraft is at the final stage at Antonov’s production facility. Antonov launched the construction of the fuselage of the second of three An-178s.
An-178 Ukrainian short-haul transport aircraft powered by turbojet engines was developed on the basis of An-158 passenger plane. The jet can carry up to 18 tonnes of cargo, including large-sized 1C containers. It was designed to replace old An-12 planes. The aircraft is equipped with two domestic turbojet engines D-436-148FM, created by OJSC “Motor Sich” and SE “Ivchenko Progress,” which is part of “Ukroboronprom.”
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