On December 17, 2015, ANTONOV Company and «ТAQNIA AERONAUTICS», Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, signed the «Memorandum of Understanding». This document confirms the parties’ intention to deliver 30 multipurpose AN-178 aircraft to Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF).
According to Retired Major General Ali Mohammed Al-Ghamdi, President of «ТAQNIA AERONAUTICS», «Signing of this Memorandum is the next significant step in development of our cooperation. We have signed the documents on interaction within the programme of the AN-132 new transport and further promotion of the AN-148 special-purpose versions. We choose the AN-178 taking into account good characteristics of this aircraft. Its price and low operational costs are important advantages of this aircraft in comparison with other airplanes of this class. Besides, we will realize joint marketing policy on promotion of the AN-178 into the markets of other countries of Middle East. In the future we plan cooperative production of this aircraft».
Oleksandr Kotsiuba, First Vice President of ANTONOV Company, said: «This event became one more confirmation of mutual aspiration of Ukraine and Saudi Arabia in development of strategic partnership in the field of aircraft industry. Signing of this Memorandum verifies that the AN-178 is a modern, reliable and effective airplane, which is requested by customers. We are obliged to our partners and ready to fulfill our obligations in accordance with the signed agreements».
|Length||32.95 m/108.1 feet|
|Wingspan||28.84 m/94.62 feet|
|Height||10.14 m/33.27 feet|
|Wing area||87.32 m2/939.9 feet2|
|Maximum payload||18 tonnes/39,683 lbs|
|Cargo hold measuring (including ramp)||16.65 m/54.63 feet|
|Cargo hold measuring (excluding ramp)||12.85 m/42.16 feet|
|Cargo width at the floor||2.75 m/9 feet|
|Cargo height||2.75 m/9 feet|
|Cargo floor area||40 m2/430.5 feet2|
|Cargo hold volume||125 m3/ 4,414.3 feet3|
|Powerplant||2 × Progress D-436-148FM Turbofan|
|Cruise speed||445 knots/512 mph/824 km/h|
|Service ceiling||12,200 m/40,026 feet|
|Range||2,970 NM/3,417.5 miles/5,500 km|
|Range fully loaded||540 NM/621 miles/1,000 km|
The maiden flight of the new AN-178 transport aircraft in the capital Kiev