GarryB wrote:Certainly true... in both directions.
The An-70 was rejected and the Il-476 was the focus for Russia after the split when the Ukraine seemed to be looking to the EU and NATO and away from Russia.
Now that the Ukraine has had a change of heart there is the possibility for the An-70... it is not a bad aircraft, though it wont be cheap either.
It is one of several potential ties that might help restore ties between these two countries, so if it succeeds and brings both countries closer together then all the better.
The Il-476 is needed anyway as the A-100 replacement for the A-50 AWACS aircraft, and to replace older Il-76 aircraft.
They are going to need a lot of new transport aircraft so I don't really see the An-70 as a bad thing.
I would like to see them restart the Il-106 program as they will be retiring their An-22s soon and really don't have anything in that 80-90 ton payload capacity range except the An-124... which in its new versions will have a 150 ton capacity.
I think the Il-106 in an updated design with new electronics and made of new materials could be a 90-100 ton payload aircraft and ideal competition internationally for the C-17.
I think An-70 is an interim solution until the introduction of IL/HAL MTA. It was intended to replace old An-12, though it is much heavier. It is an intermediate aircraft like A-400 airbus.
Concerning IL-106, do they need it really since they procure new IL-476s? And also more An-124? What is the purpose to introduce another type of strategic aircraft?