Ukraine Gives Approval For AN70 Production

Antonov's AN70. Photo:
Antonov’s AN70. Photo:

Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense has given approval for production of the AN70 transport aircraft built by Kyiv’s Antonov. This comes 20 years after the aircraft made its first flight, in what has been one of the longest trial/certification periods for an aircraft ever.

The production launch delays were largely due to budget constraints, and disputes between Ukraine & Russia on the final production sites. The first test aircraft was also destroyed in a mid-air collision in 1994 just two months after its first flight.