The Russian Defense Ministry and OJSC Voronezh Aircraft Production Association have signed a contract on the delivery of 15 Antonov An-148 airplanes to the Russian Air Force, an aircraft industry source told Interfax-AVN on Tuesday.
"The contract says that the An-148 airplanes will be provided over the period from 2013 to 2017," he said.
"The Russian Air Force will receive the first An-148 plane this year, after which four airplanes will be provided every year in 2014 and 2015, and three airplanes will be delivered every year in 2016 and 2017," he said.
An-148 is an advanced airplane, which meets all of the present-day requirements set for aircraft. Its basic version is capable of transporting up to 75 passengers at a distance of up to 4,500 kilometers.
Its fuel consumption is comparable with that of similar airplanes, but An-148 has a number of advantages over other airplanes of the same category, including its ability to use runways of varying quality and its possible use in a wide range of climates.
The An-148 project has been implemented by Russia's United Aircraft Corporation in close cooperation with Ukrainian enterprise, including the Antonov Aircraft Research and Development Center, which designed An-148 and OJSC Motor-Sich, which produces engines for these planes.
An-148 airplanes are manufactured by Voronezh Aircraft Production Association and the Aviapribor avionics firm. Other Russian enterprises take part in the project as well.
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