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 It was intended to replace the out-of-date An-12.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.
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.
Onboard monitoring and diagnostics devices allow to use the aircraft autonomously on a beach with no special ground equipment.
Ramp with demonstration parachutes for landing.
There are symmetric doors on both sides of the board.
This is how they store equipment.
Mini steering wheel.
Nose landing gear control handle.
Place of the air navigator. If only all portholes were this big!
Emergency location transmitter and an icon hanging together.