Under quarantine conditions, Antonov Company continues to produce the AN-178 aircraft under the contract concluded by SFTE “SpetsTechnoExport” with the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Peru. As of today, the preparatory works for jig assembly of the aircraft’s fuselage have been completed. Assembly of the fuselage nose part (F1) and the fuselage center section (F-2) are at the final stage in the production shop. Manufacture of the central part of the wing, left and right cantilever parts of the wing, empennage has been fully completed. Two engine pylons are ready for further integration into the aircraft.
In total, 25 Ukrainian companies and about 30 European and North American suppliers are involved in the supply chain for the new AN-178. In order to arrange the performance of the contract, the Ukrainian major bank as well as three foreign banking and financial institutions are involved. Signing the deal opened the Latin American market for a new generation of Antonov aircrafts. The configuration of the aircraft ordered by the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Peru allows to perform transportation of personnel (100 persons), transportation of passengers (80 persons), cargo delivery (up to 18 tons), evacuation of wounded with medical assistance (40 people).
The Antonov An-178 (Ukrainian: Антонов Ан-178) is a short-range medium-airlift military transport aircraft designed by the Ukrainian Antonov company and 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. The An-178 is proposed to replace outdated aircraft like the Antonov An-12, An-26 and An-32. The aircraft will have avionics suite similar to the An-148, and will use Progress D-436-148FM engines. The An-178 is a potential competitor for the Alenia C-27J Spartan from Italy, EADS CASA C-295 from Spain, Lockheed Martin C-130J from the United States, Embraer KC-390 from Brazil and the Ilyushin Il-276 from Russia. The company plans to build more than 200 of the aircraft.