Ukraine, India mulling launch of joint aircraft production

Saturday, 02 July 2016

Ukraine’s major state-owned arms manufacturer Ukroboronprom and Indian companies are developing a model aimed at laying the foundation of mutual cooperation between the two states in the defense sector, the Ukrainian company’s press service reported citing Deputy Director General for foreign economic activity Denis Hurak.


The Indian companies show interest in technologies developed by Antonov design bureau and already have a positive experience with using them. They have also identified the most popular aircraft models, namely, cargo and passenger aircraft based on An-148/158/178 series. Antonov’s An-188 and An-124 aircraft are also favored.

“We are focusing on these projects and move on to the main stage in order to make the right decision. One of the decisions is to attract an Indian company with which we are now developing a cooperation model,” the press service quoted Hurak as saying.

According to him, the cooperation will take place in the form of technology transfer.

“First, it is planned to set up a joint venture aimed to implement a joint project including by provision of funding, search of sales market, carrying out of market research and etc. The final goal is to set up the production of aircraft,” the press service said in a statement.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukraine’s major state-owned arms manufacturer Ukroboronprom for the first time presented technological developments of the Ukrainian military and industrial complex, in particular, domestic drones, at the Eurosatory 2016 international defense and security exhibition.


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Antonov and Reliance signed MoC for India’s Multi-role Transport Aircraft program

Russian Defense Ministry to receive five An-148s this year – Includes 148 / 158 specifications

An-178 is military version: Details 


Specifications (An-124-100M-150)

General characteristics

  • Crew:4–6 (pilot, copilot, navigator, senior flight engineer (+flight engineer, radio man) + 2 loadmasters)
  • Capacity:88 passengers or the hold can take an additional 350 on a palletised seating system
  • Payload:150,000 kg (330,000 lb)
  • Length:96 m (226 ft 3 in)
  • Wingspan:3 m (240 ft 5 in)
  • Height:78 m (68 ft 2 in)
  • Wing area:628 m² (6,760 sq ft)
  • Empty weight:175,000 kg (385,000 lb)
  • Loaded weight:405,000 kg (893,000 lb)
  • Useful load:230,000 kg (508,000 lb)
  • takeoff weight:405,000 kg (893,000 lb)
  • Powerplant:4 × Progress D-18T turbofans, 229.5 kN (51,600 lbf) each


  • Maximum speed:865 km/h (467 kn (537 mph))
  • Cruise speed:800–850 km/h (430 kn (490 mph))
  • Range:5,200 km (2,808 nm, 3231 mi)
  • Service ceiling:12,000 m (39,370 ft)
  • Wing loading:365 kg/m² (74.7 lb/sq ft)
  • Thrust/weight:23
  • Take-off run distance (maximum take-off weight):2,520 m (8,270 ft)
  • Landing roll distance at maximum landing weight:900 m (3,000 ft)



An-188A program to develop this variant was launched at the 2015 Paris Air Show. This variant will essentially be a four jet engine powered heavy-medium transport with modernized NATO– compatible western cockpit, slightly enlarged wings, winglets and aerial refueling capabilities. The An-188 is intended to fill the gap between a C-130 and C-17 while being a direct competitor to the A400M. Plans include incorporating a western engine option (as well as a Ukrainian one) to appeal to western markets and reduce dependency on eastern markets.

Note: An-188 no technical data


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