The Russian Defense Ministry has signed a contract for the delivery of 15 aircraft An-148

Russian Defense Ministry and the "Voronezh Aircraft Manufacturing Company" (VASO) signed a contract for the supply of 15 Russian Air Force An-148 aircraft, said Tuesday, "Interfax-AVN," a source in the Russian aircraft industry.

"The contract stipulates that the supply of AN-148 will be performed during the period from 2013 to 2017," — he said.

According to the source, "the first An-148 aircraft in the Russian Air Force will receive in 2013." "Then will be supplied by four aircraft per year in 2014 and 2015, three aircraft — in 2016 and 2017," — he said.

AN-148 — aircraft designed to carry up to 75 passengers in a base configuration for a distance of 4500 km. The fuel efficiency of the aircraft corresponds to the level of competing aircraft, and the aircraft has additional competitive advantages: a lack of criticalqualityrunway (operation on unpaved runways), a wide range of climatic operation.

The AN-148 is realized "United Aircraft Corporation" (UAC) in close cooperation with enterprises of Ukrainian industry: designer and manufacturer of aircraft airframe — ASTC. Antonov (Kiev), a manufacturer of engines and auxiliary power unit — JSC "Motor Sich" (Zaporozhye) and other Ukrainian enterprises.

However, the basic cost of the plane is created on the territory of Russia. The main producer of aircraft is "VASO" avionics manufacturer — JSC "Aviapribor." Inprojectinvolved other Russian companies.

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