Jan 27, 2015

Ukraine approves An-70 Production and Will Introduce it into Service

Ukraine has approved production of the Antonov An-70 transport aircraft and will introduce it into service with its armed forces.
The decision to adopt the An-70 was taken by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) following a test programme that was concluded in June 2014. Serial production will now begin, although the company did not specify numbers or timelines.
The An-70 has been jointly developed by Ukraine and Russia and is in the same category of airlifter as the A400M Atlas from Airbus.
The An-70 is likely to find itself competing not just with the A400M, but against the Embraer KC-390 and the Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Hercules also.
The An-70 has been a troubled project from the outset, with development dating back to the Soviet-era.

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