Russia, Ukraine Continue Work on An-70 Plane Project

LYUBERTSY, Russia -- The Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Air Force, Colonel-General Anatoly Nogovitsin said on Tuesday Russia and Ukraine continue to work on the project for the joint manufacture of the An-70 military transport plane.

“Joint work is underway,” he said. “We have no plans for putting the An-70 on the market yet. The plane is still in the testing phase,” Nogovitsin said.

An-70 Military Transport Plane

The Air Force Deputy Commander-in-Chief for armaments, Major General Alexander Pavlov said for his part that “a team of Russian specialists returned from Ukraine recently, where it worked on eliminating flaws of the An-70’s D-27 engine.”

In the near future the engine will be tested in flight.

Moscow and Kiev plan to carry out large-scale flight tests of the An-70 by late 2005, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said after the talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Anatoly Gritsenko on April 26.

“We agreed that this year we will divide intellectual property shares and property protection duties evenly between us,” Ivanov said.

The Russian minister recalled that the work on the An-70 production began back in the 1970s.

“The work is unduly delayed. Both parties have invested heavily in the project,” Ivanov said.

Source: Itar-Tass