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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 ¬©

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.

Antonov An-188 Specifications

Service Year: 2015
Type: Jet-Powered Transport Aircraft Proposal
National Origin: Ukraine
Manufacturer(s): Antonov - Ukraine
Total Production: 0

Structural (Crew, Dimensions, Weights)

Operating Crew (Typical): 3
Overall Length: 136.15 feet (41.5 meters)
Overall Width: 150.92 feet (46.00 meters)
Overall Height: 46.59 feet (14.20 meters)

Weight (Empty): 179,126 lb (81,250 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 279,998 lb (127,005 kg)

Power / Performance (Engine Type, Top Speed)

Engine: 4 x D436FM turbofan engines developing 18,078lb of thrust each.

Maximum Speed: 386 knots (444 mph; 715 kph)
Maximum Range: 2,235 nautical miles (2,572 miles; 4,140 km)
Service Ceiling: 38,976 feet (11,880 meters; 7.38 miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 2,500 feet-per-minute (762 m/min)

Armament / Mission Payload

None. Up to a forty ton internal payload.

Global Operators (Customers, Users)

Ukraine (possible)

Model Variants

An-188 - Base Series Designation