Antonov plane: A pre-production Ukrainian An-178 up-close (exclusive photos)

22:26 Oct. 23, 2016

A pre-production Ukrainian An-178 up-close (exclusive photos)

An-178 pre-production plane (by Emil Durov / Ukraine Today)

UT presents photo report from the inside of the experimental pre-production An-178 plane

Ukraine Today correspondent got the opportunity to have a closer look at a new, but already famous Ukrainian cargo plane An-178 in Antonov airfield near Kyiv.

An-178 is a short-range medium-airlift military transport aircraft 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.

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It is a high-wing transport aircraft with moderately swept wings, winglets and a T-tail. The airframe is made of aluminum alloys and composite materials. The fuselage is semi-monocoque with a circular cross-section. The retractable landing gear consists of two main wheel bogies with a single 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. It can shift 18 tonnes over 1,000 km, or 10 tonnes over 4,000 km.

Read also Antonov presented first production An-178 at Ukraine Avia Fest

The tour for Ukraine Today correspondent was conducted by the An-178 crew commander, 1st class tester pilot Andriy Spasibo. 

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