India, Russia launch delayed Medium Transport Aircraft.
How much does it cost to develop an MTA?
Are the expected orders of 200 enough to cover the cost?
How does this MTA compare to Embraer KC-390 in capabilty?
"A long and complex preparatory phase in every sense has been completed for the project, which involves joint financing and workshare, and creation from scratch of a new plane for the air forces of both nations," says United Aircraft. A large group of Indian aerospace engineers will arrive in Moscow in the near future to start work on the programme, it adds.
The MTA will be a twin-engined transport with a maximum take-off weight of 65t, including an 18-20t payload, a 30m (98ft) wingspan, and a top speed of 434kt (800km/h). The aircraft is designed to replace the Antonov An-32 and Hawker Siddeley HS 748 in Indian service, and the An-26 and An-30 for Russia.
Earlier this year, United Aircraft president Mikhail Pogosyan told Flightglobal he expects New Delhi to eventually acquire 45 of the new type, with Moscow to order 100 and export customers to take up to another 60.