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Stephen Trimble: Antonov Looking For An-70 Revival

Tue Jun 16, 2009 12:25 pm



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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)

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RE: Stephen Trimble: Antonov Looking For An-70 Revival

Tue Jun 16, 2009 7:39 pm

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..
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RE: Stephen Trimble: Antonov Looking For An-70 Revival

Wed Jun 17, 2009 1:28 am

I've never understood why the contra-rotating props never have caught on in the "west."
 
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RE: Stephen Trimble: Antonov Looking For An-70 Revival

Wed Jun 17, 2009 2:16 am



Quoting TexL1649 (Reply 2):

I believe noise is the main reason.
What the...?
 
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RE: Stephen Trimble: Antonov Looking For An-70 Revival

Wed Jun 17, 2009 2:18 pm

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?
 
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RE: Stephen Trimble: Antonov Looking For An-70 Revival

Thu Jun 18, 2009 1:35 pm

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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