An-70 news

IL Serge Pod #06.04.2001 15:59

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An-70 Ready for Show?

Repairs on the crashed prototype of the Russian-Ukrainian An-70 cargo plane will
be completed in time for it to be displayed at France`s Le Bourget air show in
June, the firm doing the work said Monday.

The Polyot aviation plant, based in Siberia`s Omsk region, said it expected to
complete $3 million in repair work on the An-70 by the end of May.

``We plan on work being done in May in time for Le Bourget. No doubt the plane
will be of great interest there,`` said plant spokesman Alexander Panchenko.

The An-70, the second of two prototypes of the aircraft to have been built,
crashed-landed in Omsk on Jan. 27 just moments after takeoff.

As a result of the crash and recent changes in Russia`s military leadership,
China postponed negotiations on the purchase or licensed manufacture of the
An-70 plane, Itar-Tass reported Monday.

AVIA.RU - Информационное агентство "Российская авиация и космонавтика"
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Ukraine orders 5 An-70 airlifts

Ukranian Ministry of Defense and "Aviant" production plant of Kiev city have signed a contract to deliver first 5 serial An-70 aircraft to the service of the Ukranian Air Force, with first plane arriving as early as year 2002.

Antonov Design Bureau and STS officials mentioned that the aircraft accident in Omsk involving second An-70 prototype will not affect development and production plans.

However, engine building association of Ufa city made a decision to postpone its participation in the project at least until year 2006.
Samarian "Motostroitel'" Corp. is expected to fulfill the duty instead. Experts estimated an amount of $30m required to finish upgrades of the D-27 engine.


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