: Azerbaijan to buy Ukrainian AN-178 transport aircraft

10:01 Jun. 7, 2016

Azerbaijan to buy Ukrainian AN-178 transport aircraft

Ukrainian AN-178 short-range medium-airlift military transport aircraft designed by the Ukrainian Antonov company (UNIAN Photo)

Kyiv and Baku already signed the contract 

Ukrainian aircraft manufacturer Antonov has secured yet another contract. The company will sell its 10 military transport planes AN-178 to Azerbaijan. The sides have already signed the relevant agreement. This is according to Ukrainian "5" channel.

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Undet the terms of the deal, Azerbaijan will receive the transport aircraft over the course of two years. Ukraine plans to send its first two planes to Baku in the nearest future. The other eight will come later. They are expected to be manufactured in Azerbaijan.

It is established it took almost a year for Kyiv and Baku to come to an agreement. The financial details of the contract remain unknown, but Azerbaijan has already made the first payment.

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AN-178 is a military transport aircraft, created by Antonov in April 2015. It is capable of delivering cargo up to 18 tonnes. The maximum speed of the plane reaches 850 kilometres per hour, highest altitude is around 12 kilometres.

Earlier Antonov announced, it planned to supply its first AN-132 cargo aircraft to a customer under a contract with Saudi Arabia in early 2017.

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