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Antonov's new An-178 medium size military airlifter started flight tests phase

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Antonov's new An-178 medium size military airlifter started flight tests phase
 
The Ukrainian aircraft manufacturer Antonov announced today it began flight tests phase of the newest An-178 medium size military transport aircraft. Pictures released on Antonov website show the aircraft performing flight tests in the Ukrainian sky. The An-178 transport aircraft will be officially presented for the first time on static display at the 51st Paris Air Show, that will take place in Paris from 15 to 21 June.
     
The Ukrainian aircraft manufacturer Antonov announced today it began flight tests phase of the newest An-178 medium size military transport aircraft. Pictures released on Antonov website show the aircraft performing flight tests in the Ukrainian sky. The An-178 transport aircraft will be officially presented for the first time on static display at the 51st Paris Air Show, that will take place in Paris from 15 to 21 June. Antonov's An-178 mid-size military airlifter began flight tests campaign
     
On May 7, 2015, the new An-178 transport, created by Antonov in cooperation with partners from 15 countries, performed its maiden flight. The first 1 hour duration flight was performed by a crew of Antonov test pilots.

The An-178 transport jet having payload up to 18 t will be able to effectively work in conditions of the region. Nowadays this aircraft is undergoing a tests program. It is created according to demands of aviation operators drawing on the Antonov’s vast experience in operation of the worldwide famous An-12 transport that the An-178 is going to replace. Besides, the new aircraft is being considered to be a basic platform for creation of a range of modifications of civil and military destinations.

Thus, its development is planned not only in direction of creation of functionally different variants and modifications, but also equipping it with units, systems and equipment of alternative suppliers. This let extend a potential aircraft market and maximally adapt it to specific customers’ requirements.