Jan 27, 2015
Ukraine approves An-70 Production and Will Introduce it into Service
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.