Antonov An-178

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Antonov An-178 in military grey colours.jpeg
Role Military transport aircraft
National origin Ukraine
Manufacturer Antonov Serial Production Plant[1]
Design group Antonov
First flight 7 May 2015
Status In production
Number built 1 (2015)
Program cost US$ 150-200 million
Unit cost
US$ 40-70 million[2]
Developed from Antonov An-158

The Antonov An-178 (Ukrainian: Антонов Ан-178) is a short-range medium-airlift military transport aircraft designed by the Ukrainian Antonov company and based on the Antonov An-158 (An-148-200). It was announced on 5 February 2010, rolled out on 16 April 2015 and the first flight was on 7 May 2015.[2][3][4]

The An-178 is proposed to replace outdated aircraft like the Antonov An-12, An-26 and An-32.[5] The aircraft will have avionics suite similar to the An-148, and will use Progress D-436-148FM engines.[6]

The An-178 is a potential competitor for the Alenia C-27J Spartan from Italy, EADS CASA C-295 from Spain, Lockheed Martin C-130J from the United States, Embraer KC-390 from Brazil and the Ilyushin Il-214 from Russia.[7] The company plans to build more than 200 of the aircraft.[8]

On 18 December 2015, Antonov and Тaqnia Aeronautics signed a Memorandum to deliver 30 An-178s to the Royal Saudi Air Force. Taqnia's President, Ali Mohammed Al−Ghamdi, noted that the An-178 had been selected because "its price and low operational costs are important advantages in comparison with other airplanes of this class".[9][10]

Design and development[edit]

Antonov An-178 rollout
The Antonov An-178 prototype in flight

An-178 is a high-wing transport aircraft with moderately swept wing, winglets and a T-tail. The airframe is made of aluminium alloys and composite materials. The fuselage is semi-monocoque with a circular cross-section. The retractable landing gear consists of two main wheel bogies and a dual nose wheel. The flight control system is dual duplex fly-by-wire system, consisting of two parts: FCS-A and FCS-B, each of which is responsible for two control channels. The flight control surfaces include ailerons near the wing tips, four control spoilers, six lift-dump/speed-brake spoilers, rudder and elevators, with an emergency mechanical cable back-up system. The powerplant consists of two Progress D-436-148FM turbofan engines, mounted on pylons under the wings and an auxiliary power unit.[6] It can shift 18 tonnes over 1,000 km, or 10 tonnes over 4,000 km.[11]

The wing outer panels (including winglets), front fuselage with cockpit and nose wheel leg come from the An-158. The cargo hold is slightly enlarged, and there is an extra pair of main-wheels on each side.[12] The aircraft made its Western debut at the 2015 Paris Air Show.[13][14]




General characteristics

  • Length: 32.95 m (108 ft 1 in)
  • Wingspan: 28.84 m (94 ft 7 in)
  • Height: 10.14 m (33 ft 3 in)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Progress D-436-148FM Turbofan
  • Cruise speed: 800 km/h (497 mph; 432 kn)
  • Service ceiling: 13,000[20] m (43,000 ft)

See also[edit]

Related development

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era


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External links[edit]

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