6 Antonov An 70

Antonov An 70

Posted on July 7, 2013 by team

An-70 is a medium-range cargo (operational-tactical, military-transport) aircraft of the new generation developed by the Aviation Scientific-Technical Complex “Antonov”. It was intended to replace the out-of-date An-12.

An-70 preformed its first flight in December, 1994.

General characteristics:

Crew: 4 (Two pilots, navigator and flight engineer)
Capacity: 300 troops or 206 stretcher cases
Payload: 47,000 kg (103,620 lb) of cargo
Length: 40.7 m (133 ft 6 in)
Wingspan: 44.06 m (144 ft 7 in)
Height: 16.38 m (53 ft 9 in)
Empty weight: 66,230 kg (146,000 lb)
Max. takeoff weight: 145,000 kg (319,670 lb)
Powerplant: 4 × Progress D-27 propfans, 10,350 kW (13,880 hp) each.


Maximum speed: 780 km/h (421 knots, 485 mph)
Cruise speed: 750 km/h (405 knots, 466 mph)
Stall speed: 113 km/h (61 knots, 70 mph)
Range: 6,600 km or 5,000 km (3,564 nm or 2,700nm) with 20 or 35 tonnes of cargo
Service ceiling: 12,000 m (39,370 ft)
Rate of climb: 24.9 m/s (81.7 ft/s)

In 2010-2012 the aircraft underwent considerable modernization: the avionics was fully changed, engine control system, propfan construction (fo less noise) underwent changes too, the number of crew members was decreased to four (including a loadmaster).

Today only one prototype is flying (serial number 770102) which has a forced landing in Omsk in its work list already (ten years ago).

The main ideas of the concept of An-70 were subsequently embodied in the construction of A400M.

In the process of departure tests there was achieved the level speed of … only 95-97 km/h.

An-70 is the first Soviet military and transport aircraft with CRT indicators and mini steering wheels with the fly-by-wire system.

The standard transport mission (delivery of a twenty-tonned load at the distance of 3000 km) is performed by the aircraft rough strips 600-800 m long only. No other plane in the world can do the same.

An-70 can be based on high-level aerodromes 3000 m above sea level.

Four engines D-27 with contra-propfans SV-27 provide high cruising speed and saves 20-30% of fuel compared to modern planes with turbojet engines.


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6 Responses to “Antonov An 70”

  1. Osip says:

    Interesting aircraft. Weird propellers. Over-engineered cupholder (last foto page 3).

  2. j pigden says:

    The standard transport mission (delivery of a twenty-tonned load at the distance of 3000 km) is performed by the aircraft rough strips 600-800 m long only. No other plane in the world can do the same.”

    Try again !!! The C130 Hercules has been doing this since 1962!!!!

    • Sergey says:

      I read “fotografersha” in Livejournal, she is always all overpraise. Again, the post was made on the request of the manufacturer (as I understand), for internal Russian reader. Such reviews are always under the motto: “We are the coolest.”

      But compared with Hercules was not worth it, even though he was a very good aircraft. He has a load capacity of 20 tons, the An-70 – 47 tons.
      AN-70 can be compared with the A400M, they were made at all on the same tender for NATO. The Russian army it was not originally ordered, so its production is already 20 years old pulled. They do not want half-Ukrainian aircraft for the Russian army when the local Ilyushin and Tupolev “could” do this do something like Hercules.

  3. cockatrice says:

    Sweet airplane. Love those huge airbeaters.

  4. A.Oscar says:

    The greater advantage about this plane Antonov with propeller: not need a long runway to land or take off, seems to me the speed not that bad, depend the load on it. To transport many loads and economical his a greater plane special during peace time before or after the war. Like I mention about short runway could be marvelous transportation to islands which with other kinds of planes like the other Antonov not propellers I have seen a few of them at close range in Calgary Canada. I love to know humans tend to modernize what ever should be without arm the others and environment. Congratulation for such continues investigations into modern times. Next one should be the power without using oil which UFO are famous for.

  5. Karenai says:

    Those weird propellers are turbo-prop propellers. The best of two worlds. They are propellers beeing driven by a jet engine. The C130 Hercules flies only 540-640km/h this thing goes 750km/h. You can put between 16 and 21t in a Hercules, the AN70 takes 20-35t (up to 47t actually but you cut the range to 3,000km). The range of the Hercules is 3,800 km, the AN70 has a range of 5,000km with 35t of cargo and 6,600km with 20t. The service ceilling of the C130 is 7,000m loaded, the AN70 has a service ceillig of 12,000m. Rate of climb: C130 9.3m/s, AN70 24.9m/s. The takeoff distance of the Hercules is 1000m, AN70 700m under full load. Yeah, sure, keep your C130. Germany wanted to buy the AN70 in bulk, but the U.S. stopped them, because the Ukraine is not in the NATO. Now they build their less impressive copy the A400M, which performs worse and costs tripple the ammount an AN70 would. But that is how the U.S. military operates, and so have their NATO partners.

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