VirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4502 posts, RR: 50 Posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3753 times:
Quote: 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.
TexL1649 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 238 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3330 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.)...