Ukraine’s Antonov has announced that it has discussed potentially developing a new version of the An-70 aircraft – to be designated the An-77 – with the United States.
In an announcement on 3 July, the company said it had been in discussions with a delegation of the US House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to develop collaboration between US and Ukrainian firms on the aircraft.
As part of the discussions, collaboration between Ukraine’s State Aviation Administration and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) covering aviation safety standards is also to be undertaken.
UkrOboronProm Director General Roman Romanov told Jane’s at the recent 2017 Paris Air Show that the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence had recently announced the intention to purchase the An-70, as the country’s requirements for tactical transport grows.
The company claims it has also been receiving requests for information on the aircraft from potential export customers.
Romanov went on to add that the company had also begun to apply the learning experiences from the Antonov An-132D programme, undertaken with support from Saudi Arabia’s Taqnia Aeronautics and the King Abdulaziz Centre for Science & Technology. In particular, the replacement of Russian systems and components with Western ones has improved the platform’s marketability, as it incorporates higher and more widely established standards and capabilities.
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