Military Transport Aviation (VTA) will start to receive the first aircraft of the Russian-Ukrainian production An-70, 2016, just before the 2020 Defense will join 17 similar machines, told reporters on Tuesday, the commander of the BTA, Major General Vladimir Benedictine.
"17 AN-70 to be prepared 2020 year; arrival of the first aircraft will begin in 2016, "- he said.
Kiev and Moscow implement cooperative project to mass production of military transport aircraft An-70. Completion of the project is expected in May 2013. Last week it became clear that the Ukrainian government aircraft building enterprise "Antonov" has already passed plane representatives of the Ministries of Defence of 2-states for future joint tests. Value 1st An-70 is estimated at 67 million dollars, the machine should change the outdated An-12.
Benedictine added that the real moment of the delivery (17 aircraft) agreed.
Earlier, former commander of the BTA, Lieutenant General Victor Kachalkin stated that VTA to 2020 acquire 60 An-70 planes.