The first military transport aircraft An-178-100P was presented to the state enterprise Antonov in Kiev.
Events marking the deployment of the aircraft took place on Tuesday, December 28, according to an Ukrinform correspondent.
Inspecting the plane, Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov noted that with the creation of the An-178-100P Ukraine is proving that Ukrainians know how to defend themselves.
“In our childhood, we all dreamed of being pilots, of flying, but the hardest part is building an airplane. It seems to me that it is symbolic that Ukraine is demonstrating its defense capabilities through joint efforts. This synergy is the key to our victory, “said the Minister.
He stressed that not only three of these planes will be produced, as stipulated in the contract for the Ukrainian armed forces. There will be more, ”Reznikov said.
“Today, we are showing that we know how to build, we know how to fly and we know how to defend ourselves,” he said.
For his part, the Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Lieutenant-General Serhiy Moisiuk, noted that the Ukrainian army needs modern, high-tech, reliable and easy-to-use military equipment.
“After all, this equipment increases our capabilities, increases our resilience and brings us closer to victory. This aircraft is a representative of the equipment we need. I have no doubts that this aircraft will be delivered to the Ukrainian armed forces on time and at Ukrainian Air Force pilots will use it for the benefit of our victory, “he said.
Ukrainian Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. Mykola Oleshchuk said the Air Force is ready to receive the first aircraft during Ukraine’s independence period – l ‘An-178-100P.
“We still have a difficult way to go – to train the pilots of this aircraft, we have to train the engineering and technical personnel so that we can master, repair and perform tasks,” he added, assuring that this path will be crossed quickly.
Serhiy Bychkov, general manager of Antonov, said during the demonstration of the aircraft that the deployment of the first military transport aircraft An-178-100P, which is intended for flight certification tests, is a milestone and a further step towards providing the Ukrainian Army Forces with modern aircraft.
The aircraft is designed primarily for the transport of people (up to 100 people), equipment, cargo, paratroopers (up to 86 people), as well as the medical evacuation of the wounded and wounded (up to 40 people on standard stretchers, 38 people in seats accompanied by health workers).