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Antonov An-178

Medium-Lift Tactical Military Transport Aircraft

Antonov An-178

Medium-Lift Tactical Military Transport Aircraft

OVERVIEW
SPECIFICATIONS
ARMAMENT
VARIANTS
HISTORY
MEDIA
OVERVIEW



The An-178 marks a new medium-class airlifter for Antonov of Ukraine - the sole prototype debuted at Paris Air Show 2015.
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ORIGIN: Ukraine
YEAR: 2018
STATUS: In-Development
MANUFACTURER(S): Antonov - Ukraine
PRODUCTION: 1
OPERATORS: Azerbaijan (ordered); Iraq (ordered); Saudi Arabia (ordered)
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Antonov An-178 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 4
LENGTH: 98.43 feet (30 meters)
WIDTH: 98.43 feet (30 meters)
HEIGHT: 26.90 feet (8.2 meters)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 99,208 pounds (45,000 kilograms)
ENGINE: 2 x Progress D-436-148FM turbofan engines developing up to 14,000lb to 17,000lb of thrust each.
SPEED (MAX): 497 miles-per-hour (800 kilometers-per-hour; 432 knots)
RANGE: 2,485 miles (4,000 kilometers; 2,160 nautical miles)
CEILING: 42,651 feet (13,000 meters; 8.08 miles)




ARMAMENT



None. Payload reserved for cargo.
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• An-178 - Base Series Designation; based on the stretched-fuselage An-158 model series.


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the Antonov An-178 Medium-Lift Tactical Military Transport Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 6/18/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
The Antonov An-178 is a cargo variant of the An-158 99-passenger airliner, itself a stretched fuselage version of the original An-148 (detailed elsewhere on this site) introduced in 2009. The An-178 represents a medium-lift tactical military- / civilian-market transport alternative to competing designs such as the emerging Brazilian Embraer KC-390 and the Russo-Indian UAC Il-214 MTA. It is intended as a successor to the aging line of Antonov An-12, An-26 and An-32 models still in service globally - but which have seen their best operating days (all are Cold War-era products). The An-178 initiative was launched in early 2010 and the aircraft officially rolled out in April of 2015 (Paris Air Show 2015). A first-flight by way of prototype was had on May 7th, 2015.

The An-178 borrows many of the proven qualities of the An-148/An-158 series, particularly its high-lift, high-mounted wing mainplanes. Engine nacelles are fitted - one per wing - to the wing undersides. The flight deck offers excellent vision over-the-nose and the tail configuration is of a traditional "T" arrangement. The empennage is elevated to provide the necessary access to the cargo ramp under the tail, giving proper access to the hold within the belly of the airplane. Much of the wings and forward fuselage are taken directly from the An-158 without much modification. The main landing gear legs number four and are single-wheeled to contend with the weights involved in transporting military goods to and fro. The nose leg features the standard two-wheel fitting. Construction used throughout the aircraft is largely of composites and lightweight aluminum.

Power is served through 2 x Progress D-436-148FM turbofan engines approximately 15,000lb of thrust each. This provides the aircraft with a cruising speed in the 500 mile per hour range with operating ceilings of 42,650 feet. Its cargo-hauling capability is 22,045 lb over a range of 2,500 miles. 40,000 lb can be transported to 620 miles.

At least 35 aircraft have been committed to from operators in Azerbaijan, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Sil Way Airlines of Azerbaijan is the launch customer with ten aircraft ordered. The Royal Saudi Air Force expects a stock of at least thirty An-178s. The Iraqi Army has two of the aircraft on order (2018).




MEDIA







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Rating: 20 (of 100)
The rating is an internal assessment derived from 60 total factors pertaining to this aircraft.
Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 500mph
Lo: 250mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (497mph).

    Graph average of 375 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Supported Roles
A2A
Interception
UAV
Ground Attack
CAS
Training
ASW
Anti-Ship
AEW
MEDEVAC
EW
Maritime/Navy
SAR
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
VIP
Passenger
Business
Recon
SPECOPS
X-Plane/Development
A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue