The state enterprise “Antonov” reported that for the first time it did not use components from the Russian Federation during the assembly of a serial aircraft of its own production – we are talking about the An-178 aircraft. This was announced in an interview to the resource “Ukrinform” by the general director of the company Alexander Los.
“This is the first aircraft assembled without a single part from Russia. With the beginning of the Russian aggression in 2014, we have lost not only the sales market, but also the market for the supply of important components, ”said Los.
According to him, Antonov carried out the design work to replace Russian components at his own expense. Two-thirds of the new An-178 consists of equipment from American corporations. A third – from Ukrainian parts.
“Wide international cooperation was envisaged at the stage of development of the An-178 project in 2010-2011. We just continued this systematic work in 2015-2016, ”explained the general director of the aircraft building company.
Note that at the moment, Antonov has launched into production five production aircraft An-178. This aircraft model should replace the An-12 transport aircraft of the previous generation on the market.
“A unique feature of the An-178 is the ability to transport almost all types of packaged cargo existing in the world (in containers and on pallets), which makes it an effective vehicle for commercial operation, use in the armed forces, and use in emergency situations”, – describes new serial aircraft of Antonov State Enterprise.
Recall that in 2019, Antonov SE sold the aircraft for the first time in four years – the company won a tender for the supply of An-178 for the Peruvian police. In December 2019, Antonov State Enterprise announced that the airframe of the aircraft will be built in 2020. The contract must be fully completed in 2021.