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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Paris Air Show 2015: Antonov debuts An-178 airlifter at Le Bourget

A highlight for the static display at this year's Paris Air Show is the new Antonov An-178 transport aircraft.

The twin-jet tactical airlifter is making its debut appearance outside of Ukraine during the event, which is set to run at Le Bourget from 15 to 21 June. This appearance comes just over a month after it began flight trails out of Kiev-Antonov Airport (Gostomel).

Set to replace the An-12 'Cub', the An-26 'Curl', and the An-32 'Cline' airlifters in the Ukrainian Air Force, the 18-tonne-payload An-178 should also be a viable contender on the international fixed-wing medium-lift market. Its nearest rivals will comprise the Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Hercules (22 tonnes); the Embraer KC-390 (23 tonnes); and the United Aircraft Corporation-Hindustan Aeronautics Limited Multirole Transport Aircraft (15-20 tonnes).

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