Monday, July 18, 2016

Farnborough 2016: An-178 makes Farnborough debut

 July 11, 2016 (IHS Jane's Defence Weekly) The Antonov An-178 has made its first appearance at the Farnborough International Airshow 2016, as efforts by the manufacturer increase to broaden the aircraft's international market appeal. The aircraft made its first debut at a Western airshow at the 2015 Paris Air Show, and was also displayed at the ILA show in Berlin in June 2016.
First revealed in 2010, the An-178 is a variant of the company's An-158 regional jet which features a rear-loading ramp. According to IHS Jane's All The World's Aircraft: Development & Production , the An-178's cargo hold measures 16.65 m including ramp, or 12.85 m excluding ramp; 2.745 m width at the floor and a height of 2.75 m; and a floor area of 40 m 2 and a hold volume of 125 m 3 (both including the ramp). Its wingspan is 28.84 m, it is 32.95 m in length, and 10.14 m tall. The aircraft has a maximum payload of 18 tonnes and a range of 1,000 km fully loaded. Its cruise speed is 445 kt and the aircraft requires a 2,500 m runway for operations.
The aircraft's launch customer is Azerbaijani cargo carrier Silkway Airlines, with the Azerbaijani government reportedly paying advances for two aircraft in July. Deliveries are expected to begin in 2018, with a further eight on order. In early June, the Azerbaijani government announced that it intended to undertake some assembly work in-country on the aircraft. Saudi Arabia has also signed a Memorandum of Delivery with Antonov for 30 An-178 aircraft, as part of the growing links between Saudi Arabia and Ukraine. In addition to the aircraft purchase, Saudi Arabia's Taqnia and Antonov are developing a modernised An-32 'Curl', known as the An-132D. The An-132D is to feature a number of Western systems, including Pratt & Whitney engines, avionics, and propellers.
See video showing An-178 at Farnborough International Airshow 2016 at