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Stephen Trimble: Antonov Looking For An-70 Revival  
User currently offlineVirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4579 posts, RR: 38
Posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 5624 times:

Activity on Antonov An-70 airlifter has been dormant for several years, but a model of the Ukrainian-built heavy airlifter nonetheless appeared in the company's exhibit area. Two prototypes of the turboprop-powered An-70 were developed more than a decade ahead of the similarly sized Airbus A400M, but failed to find its market in the region's turbulent post-Soviet era. With the A400M's current developmental struggles, Antonov perhaps sees hope for a market revival.


Maybe time to revisit Another Look: AN-70 Vs A400M (by SCAT15F Jan 26 2009 in Military Aviation & Space Flight)


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User currently offlineKeesje From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5515 times:

cool video on the an-70.


very capable platform. problematic development (engines) crashes and trouble with the main customer Russia spoiled progress..

User currently offlineTexL1649 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 304 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 5446 times:

I've never understood why the contra-rotating props never have caught on in the "west."

User currently offlineJoeCanuck From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 6129 posts, RR: 32
Reply 3, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5430 times:

Quoting TexL1649 (Reply 2):

I believe noise is the main reason.

What the...?
User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12308 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5336 times:

A new engine for the An-70 would be needed to meet EU Stage-III requirements. Perhaps that engine built in Canada that EADS rejected for the A-400M?

User currently offlineTexL1649 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 304 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5201 times:

I think that you are correct, KC135TopBoom. Ultimately, USAF will benefit from moving away from the over-weight composite A400M alternative to a Pratt-powered aluminum-hulled AN-70 if we ever see a requirement in this size/class. Not sure that will wind up happening any time soon, though.

If Antonov would get a partnership with Pratt/Boeing (or NG) to build even a niche variant (gunship?) to replace one of the multitude of special-purpose C-130 models that are aging (MC/KC/HC/EC/LC etc.)...

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