“The Ukrainian plane prevailed over two competitors, the Italian-American Leonardo C-27J Spartan and C-295 produced by Airbus. The Antonov State Company, a legendary Kyiv-based aerospace manufacturer, was selected to produce an unspecified quantity of its An-178 planes that would replace older An-32B transporters, also produced by the Antonov, for the Latin American nation, Ukroboronprom stated,” the news agency reported referring to the concern’s press service.
Peru’s tender evaluated “the performance characteristics, delivery terms, extended warranties, personnel training, and other social and manufacturing preferences proposed by the bidders”. Antonov won the tender.
“As the Defensa.com media outlet reported on Aug. 12, the Ukrainian bid presented by the SpetsTechEksport company, part of Ukroboronprom, offered a $65 million deal and gained 80.02 points during the Peruvian tender. The Leonardo C-27J Spartan presented by Italy at the same price obtained 66.22 points, while the Airbus C-295M offered by Spain scored only 58.60 points,” the message reads.
The AN-178 is one of the brand-new developments of Antonov. Its design is based on An-158/An-148 regional passenger jet airliners. The new plane was created in cooperation with around 200 companies from 15 countries.