An-178 for Peru: did Russia do the right thing by supporting Ukraine?

Independent celebrates its first significant victory, but not over Russia, but over its Western partners - France, Italy and the USA. Antonov won the competition for the production of narrow-body An-178 transport aircraft for Peru, bypassing the US-Italian Leonardo C-27J Spartan and the European C-295 from Airbus. Surprisingly, the Kremlin’s hand was clearly not complete. How could this even happen?

An-178 is a product of the modernization of the An-158 (An-148). These transporters with a carrying capacity of 18 tons should replace the obsolete An-12, which still fly in many countries of the world. It is interesting that during the contest for the “popular name”, the plane could well get the name “Cyborg” or “Stepan Bandera,” but the company management prudently rejected these options.

The characteristics of the aircraft interested the Ministry of the Interior of Peru. This Latin American country already has experience in operating the An-32B. Peruvian pilots have to fly at once through several climatic zones: among the Andes and the Amazonian lowlands, where tropical rain often occurs. Such conditions impose special requirements on transport aircraft.

It would seem that one can be glad that Antonov, once created by a great power, defeated the products of Western competitors in a fair fight. However, certain questions arise.

A scam?

Representatives of the Ukrainian company announced the availability of a sales market for their aircraft, which they estimated at 800 units over the next decade. Among the potential buyers were the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, the Persian Gulf countries, and China. But in 2017, the Mirror of the Week edition dispelled this optimism:

To date, with a certain degree of optimism, we can only talk about the contract for the supply of Silk Way (Azerbaijan) airline 10 An-178 aircraft ... In fairness, it should be noted that there is an agreement on joint serial production of 12 copies of An-178 for Beijing A-Star Science & Technology Co., Ltd (China) not yet implemented as a contract. You can put an end to this ... That's all.

It turned out not very beautiful with Azerbaijan either. Ukrainians took an advance of $ 1 million, but Baku still has not received anything in return. The originally announced price of $ 25 million for each aircraft, they increased to 45 million. As a result, the deal fell through, and the million dollar transferred was either “mastered” or “assigned” by a Ukrainian company.

The fact that Kiev can now "throw" the Peruvians also indicates Dmitry Kiva, the ex-general designer of Antonova, and now an adviser to Azerbaijani airlines:

No documentation has been issued on the plane. How can an airplane for which documentation has not yet been tested be tested?

Tacit collaboration?

There is another curious aspect. Suppose Antonov intends to conscientiously fulfill his obligations to Peru. There are clearly no fools in Lima, as they carefully examined all the possible nuances of the transaction before contacting Square.

But how is Kiev going to supply the An-178 to Latin America if about 50% of its components are manufactured in Russia? Import substitution is an extremely expensive and lengthy process. In its present state, Ukraine will not pull it. To rely on the help of the West, to put it mildly, it is not worth it, especially after the “Antonov” outperformed its competitors.

Let's face it, deliveries of the An-178 to Peru are possible only with the assistance of Moscow. This is a double edged sword. On the one hand, Russian enterprises will receive orders for the supply of components. On the other hand, this is direct support for the hostile regime, which officially accused our country of aggression and introduced sectoral sanctions.

In addition, problems in the Ukrainian aviation industry led to the labor migration of qualified specialists to Russia. Resuscitation "Antonov" can lead to the opposite effect. So is it worth doing in the current environment?
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  1. Bulanov Offline
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 20 August 2019 14: 02
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    Russia should do this only in one case. Keep a hand on the throat of the Ukrainian aviation industry and blackmail with the supply of its spare parts.
  2. steelmaker Offline
    steelmaker 20 August 2019 14: 02
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    The Ukrainian authorities are so happy to spoil Russia that normal leaders would have long taught a lesson to these patients with Russophobia ....
  3. Oleg RB Offline
    Oleg RB (Oleg) 20 August 2019 17: 28
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    Well what can I say. Well done however
  4. Digital error Offline
    Digital error (Eugene) 20 August 2019 21: 56
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    On the one hand, Russian enterprises will receive orders for the supply of components. On the other hand, this is direct support for a hostile regime.

    And on the third hand, this is an occasion to reduce hostility in relations, just as Medvedchuk was denied the “laurels” of liberating Ukrainian sailors before the elections to the Verkhovna Rada. "Bargaining," I think, is still on.

    So is it worth doing in the current environment?

    It’s worth it — the turmoil in the relationship will someday end (Zelensky’s popularity will fall in proportion to payments to the IMF) and cooperation can be restored - if there were by then capable industrial capacities. In the meantime, we just “support the pants” ...
  5. bobba94 Offline
    bobba94 (Vladimir) 20 August 2019 22: 13
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    I read on the VO site (Military Review) that GP Antonov won the competition, but we are talking about one (!?) An-178.
  6. Sergey Latyshev Offline
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 21 August 2019 08: 59
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    1) Money does not smell. RF for Peru components can give.
    2) An excellent lever for pressing. Where he wanted - there he turned.
    3) According to the cheers-media, there is still nothing there - no grease, no chernozem, no aviation, or the rest ...

    So why be surprised.
  7. All that was needed was for Bendery to build airplanes! Figures!
  8. Sapsan136 Offline
    Sapsan136 (Sapsan136) 22 August 2019 18: 59
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    On the part of the Russian authorities, cooperation with Ukraine is a crime, since all these components can and will be used by Ukraine for military purposes against Russians, as was already the case with engines for armored personnel carriers ...
  9. Gadlei Offline
    Gadlei 23 August 2019 15: 47
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    What is all the cheese boron, because Peru ordered only 1 plane in Ukraine. But everyone is discussing, as if at least 100 aircraft ordered.