Antonov, a Ukrainian aircraft manufacturer, has announced that four Antonov An-178 will be built in 2021, ending a years-long production pause.
The business will primarily operate on three An-178s ordered by the Ukrainian government in 2020, according to the Ukrainian news website Liga. It will begin construction on one aircraft’s airframe, assemble another, and begin producing parts for a third.
In addition, the fourth plane, which was requested by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Peru, will be assembled as scheduled.
The company did not say if any of the four planes would be completed this year.
Antonov will also modernize two An-124 Ruslans and manufacture spare parts for Indian An-32s. The company’s overall revenue is expected to be 9.5 billion hryvnias ($340 million).
It is nearly 30% higher than in 2020, indicating a substantial increase in production.
Antonov had not produced a new airplane in four years until starting production on Peru’s An-178 in 2019. The Ukrainian government signed a contract in December 2020 to produce four An-178 medium transport aircraft between 2021 and 2024 for the country’s armed forces.
The State Export-Import Bank of Ukraine agreed to provide the company with a loan of 3 billion hryvnias (over $1 million) on January 4, 2021, for the manufacture of the aircraft.