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Stephen Trimble: Antonov Looking For An-70 Revival  
User currently offlineVirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4575 posts, RR: 41
Posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4786 times:



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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.

http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...nov-looking-for-an-70-revival.html

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

V/F


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User currently offlineKeesje From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4677 times:

cool video on the an-70.

http://www.flightlevel350.com/Aircra...e_Antonov_Aviation_Video-2599.html

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, 298 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4608 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, 5476 posts, RR: 30
Reply 3, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4592 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, 12158 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4498 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, 298 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 4363 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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