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Antonov An-188


Jet-Powered Transport Aircraft Proposal


The Antonov An-188 was announced at Paris Air Show 2015, a turbofan-powered version of the An-70.
Authored By: Staff Writer | Edited: 6/21/2017
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Specifications


Year: 2015
Manufacturer(s): Antonov - Ukraine
Production: 0
Capabilities: Transport;
Crew: 3
Length: 136.15 ft (41.5 m)
Width: 150.92 ft (46 m)
Height: 46.59 ft (14.2 m)
Weight (Empty): 179,126 lb (81,250 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 279,998 lb (127,005 kg)
Power: 4 x D436FM turbofan engines developing 18,078lb of thrust each.
Speed: 444 mph (715 kph; 386 kts)
Ceiling: 38,976 feet (11,880 m; 7.38 miles)
Range: 2,572 miles (4,140 km; 2,235 nm)
Rate-of-Climb: 2,500 ft/min (762 m/min)
Operators: Ukraine (possible)
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.






Armament



None. Up to a forty ton internal payload.

Variants / Models



• An-188 - Base Series Designation
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