Antonov and Beijing A-Star Aerospace Technology Co signed a cooperation agreement for joint development of the new An-178 short-range tactical transport aircraft. That was reported by diana-mihailova.livejournal.com.
The contract №084 / 1098 / 16-156 requires the purchase of twelve Antonov An-178 at a price of 40 million. USD. For each, with an advance of 50% of the price of the first two aircraft, the first machine delivery should take place within 14 months after receipt of advance payment for the first aircraft in the amount of 100% of the contract price.
Contract №084 / 1099 / 16-156 signed for the supply of forty aircraft sets for assembly on the production capacities «Beijing A-Star Aerospace Technology Co» in China.
The An-178 is a short-range tactical transport aircraft. It was developed by Ukrainian Antonov design bureau. Its development commenced in 2004. It is based on civilian An-158 regional jet aircraft. Some modifications were made to adapt this aircraft for military service. It has a wider fuselage and is fitted with a rear loading ramp. This aircraft is a proposed replacement for the ageing An-12, An-26 and An-32 tactical aircraft most of which are worn-out already.