KIEV, September 10 (Itar-Tass) — Ukraine and Russia have agreed to a new pattern of cooperation on the An-70 plane.
“Cooperation on the An-70 plane to launch its serial production at the Kazan Aviation Association was the main topic for discussion at the talks held at the Antonov state enterprise,” its press service said on Monday, September 10, following the visit to Kiev by Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov.
The parties agreed to a pattern of industrial cooperation, according to which the Antonov Serial Plant in Kiev will make wings for An-70 planes.
It was planned earlier that An-70 planes would be assembled in Russia either in Omsk or Ulyanovsk and that Kazan would make wings for them.
Russian Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said that a plant would be built at the the Kazan Aviation Production Association (KAPO) o make An-70 aircraft.
KAPO is a unique up-to-date aircraft building complex with high-level intellectual and performance potential. It was founded in May 1927 and has always been a leading manufacturer of new types of combat and passenger aircraft. The Kazan Aviation Production Association has mastered and fulfilled 34 types and modifications of aircraft, including such internationally known planes as Pe-2, Pe-8, Tu-16, Tu-104B, Tu-22M3, Tu-160, Il-62M.
The new plant will be a high-tech enterprise that can launch the production of the advanced long-range aircraft system in the future. According to the state programme of armaments, the Russian army will buy 60 An-70 planes.
According to Antonov, the An-70 aircraft belongs to a new generation of the short takeoff and landing tactical military medium transport. It is capable of carrying practically any item of the military armament and equipment with a total weight up to 35-47 tonnes over a distance of 3,000-5,100 kilometres at a cruising speed of 700-750 kilometres per hour, air-dropping of personnel and vehicles, including a single piece of cargo up to 21 tonnes at both high and low altitudes, delivering 300 soldiers and evacuating 206 wounded and sick persons.
The maximum service range is 8,000 kilometres. Depending on the type of operation and takeoff weight, the An-70 can be operated both from concrete runways 1,550-1,800 metres long and unpaved strips of the 600-800 metres long.
The onboard monitoring and diagnostic systems allow for autonomous operation of the An-70 aircraft from poorly equipped airfields without using any special ground facilities.
High technical and operational potential of the An-70 aircraft makes it possible to use it as the basis for creating a wide range of versions and modifications for military and civilian purposes.
The An-70 aircraft is nearing the end of flight and certification tests now.