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Antonov An-188

Ukraine (2015)

Detailing the development and operational history of the Antonov An-188 Jet-Powered Transport Aircraft Proposal.

 Entry last updated on 6/21/2017; Authored by Staff Writer; Content ©

Basic Specifications
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Year: 2015
Type: Jet-Powered Transport Aircraft Proposal
Manufacturer(s): Antonov - Ukraine
Production: 0

The Antonov An-188 was announced at Paris Air Show 2015, a turbofan-powered version of the An-70.

The Antonov An-188 is a proposed turbofan-powered version of the company's An-70 medium-lift hauler (detailed elsewhere on this site). The An-70, a post-Cold War era development by Ukraine, achieved a first-flight on December 16th, 1994 and has seen on-again, off-again development since - only two prototypes have been completed to date (2017). The design utilizes a high wing arrangement with four "propfan" engines for propulsion.

The An-188 proposal replaces the propfan approach with 4 x Progress D436FM turbofan engines delivering up to 18,078lb of thrust each unit (or similar Western offering). This provides greater cargo-hauling capabilities and improved performance. It is said that the An-188 would have capabilities between that of the Lockheed C-130 and Boeing C-17 Globemaster III transport series of the United States Air Force (USAF). Sources state it would be a direct competitor to the French Airbus Military A400M Atlas high-winged military transport.

Announced at the 2015 Paris Air Show, there appears to be little, if any, work completed on the An-188 proposal. As such, much of the structural and performance figures on this page are estimated on the part of the author.
Any available statistics for the Antonov An-188 Jet-Powered Transport Aircraft Proposal are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, operational status, manufacture(s) and total quantitative production. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed or proposed armament and mission equipment (if any), global users (from A-to-Z) and series model variants (if any).
Supported Mission Types
Ground Attack
Close-Air Support
Airborne Early Warning
Electronic Warfare
Aerial Tanker
Passenger Industry
VIP Travel
Business Travel
Special Forces
Crew: 3
Length: 136.15 ft (41.5 m)
Width: 150.92 ft (46.00 m)
Height: 46.59 ft (14.20 m)
Empty Weight: 179,126 lb (81,250 kg)
MTOW: 279,998 lb (127,005 kg)

Installed Power
4 x D436FM turbofan engines developing 18,078lb of thrust each.

Standard Day Performance
Maximum Speed: 444 mph (715 kph; 386 kts)
Maximum Range: 2,572 mi (4,140 km; 2,235 nm)
Service Ceiling: 38,976 ft (11,880 m; 7.38 mi)
Rate-of-Climb: 2,500 ft/min (762 m/min)

None. Up to a forty ton internal payload.

Operators List
Ukraine (possible)

Series Model Variants
• An-188 - Base Series Designation