Russia says its passivity in the project AN-70 roll of Ukraine to NATO.Ukraine's desire to cooperate with the military alliance NATO and attempts to convey scientific and engineering documentation for military transport plane An-70 NATO countries led to a cool attitude to Russian project of the aircraft as a whole.
In an interview with UNIAN said Russian presidential adviser Sergei Glazyev, explaining the reasons for the problems and prospects of economic cooperation between Ukraine and Russia, both within and outside the framework of the Customs Union.
"At the time, NATO has expressed interest in the model AN-70, ripped the necessary design documentation and deceived Ukraine. At the time when Ukraine went a bias towards putting science and technology by NATO countries and, even more so when entrenched in power "orange" and Ukraine announced that it will join NATO, Russia had invested some money in import substitution on the types of military equipment, which is produced jointly. As a result, a modernized version of the Il-76, which is a competitor of the An-70 " - S. Glazyev said.
He noted that the project is up and modernized IL-76 are already being collected. "There was a competitive situation. Would not it be bank of Ukraine to NATO, would not have such consequences," - said S. Glazyev.
However, he does not give up on the project of An-70. "As many experts say, is the best aircraft in its class, and this should continue to jointly develop a niche and develop it. But we must understand that to do so within the EEA, we understand the logic of each other much more easily than in a situation where we simply does not understand the logic of the Ukrainian leadership, "- said S. Glazyev and recalled that a similar situation was observed in the attempts of Ukraine to use U.S. nuclear fuel at Ukrainian nuclear power plants. "When we are faced with such an absurd decision, it is very seriously jeopardizes all military-technical cooperation in high-tech industries. Though the high-tech sector, of course, is our joint competitive advantage, and I support the idea to develop the widest possible scientific and technical cooperation in the missile and space and aircraft manufacturing sectors in the nuclear industry, where a combination of competitive advantages can produce first-class products and go out together on the world market, "- said the official, adding that there is a possible competition projects.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov at the international round table "Inter-Party Cooperation within the CIS," said Ukraine will continue to manufacture military transport aircraft An-70 even without the participation of Russia. He noted that Ukraine will be able to bring the AN-70 to serial production. Earlier, at the beginning of April 2013, chief designer of the state enterprise "Antonov" Dmitry Kiva at the air show in Rio de Janeiro, said that the test of AN-70 suspended due to a tightening of work on the part of one of the two customers - the Ministry of Defense of Russia. We also note that, in the words of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Russian Federation Vladimir Elchenko, the successful implementation of the project of creating a new Russian-Ukrainian medium military transport aircraft An-70, as well as the implementation of other joint projects depends primarily on the political will of Russia.
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AN−70 adopted by Armed Forces of Ukraine
On January 22, 2015, handing of the Order of Ministry of Defense of Ukraine about adoption of the AN−70 military STOL transport by Armed Forces of Ukraine took place at ANTONOV Company. In the enclosure to the order the AN−70 is noted as a transport aircraft of Armed Forces of Ukraine. It is intended for aerial delivery, air transportation of troops and tangible assets, provision of maneuvers and troop’s activity and decisions of special tasks.
Decision about adoption was taken basing on results of tests on the program of Joint State Tests of the AN−70. The act on those results was approved on June 11, 2014. As Mr. Pakholchenko, leading test pilot of State scientific test centre of Armed Forces of Ukraine, noted: “The AN−70 is easy to be piloted at all difficult flight areas, including short take−off and landing. Optimal ergonomic decisions, applied in the crew cockpit, allow teaching an average pilot flying rather easy. The aircraft forgives pilot lots of things, fixing some of his errors, and differs with high reliability. The AN−70 is the best aircraft I used to pilot!”
Mr. Kiva, President – General Designer of the ANTONOV Company, noted that before final stage of Joint State Tests were works on deep modernization of the AN−70 board equipment and power plant. As a result the AN−70 saved advantages over analogous aircraft, including A 400M European aircraft.
Adoption of the AN−70 allows starting up this aircraft serial production and developing its different modifications.
Press−service of the ANTONOV Company, January 23, 2015