Ukraine has announced plans to buy three new AN-178 military transport aircraft to replace its ageing fleet of AN-26 aircraft.
Citing a report from Minister for Strategic Industries Oleg Urusky, Mil.in.ua reported that the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine has already prepared a draft contract with Antonov for the purchase of three AN-178 aircraft.
“I hope that we will continue to increase the number of aircraft ordered by our Ministry of Defense,” Urusky said.
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Ukrainian officials confirmed it aims to replace its ageing fleet of Soviet-era military transport aircraft after AN-26Sh crashed in the Kharkiv region.
On 25 September 2020 an AN-26Sh of the Ukraine Air Force crashed in the Kharkiv region. The plane was carrying 20 cadets and seven officers from Kharkiv Air Force University and was on a training flight. Only one person survived.
AN-178 is a short-range medium-airlift military transport aircraft designed by the Ukrainian Antonov company and based on the Antonov An-158 (An-148-200) regional jet.