In August 2012, Anatoly Serdyukov, who held the post of Minister of Defense, after meeting with the governor of the Voronezh Region Alexei Gordeev commissioned Air Force Commander Victor Bondarev see the possibility of purchasing party An-148 in municipal defense order. At the current time, according to the source of the newspaper in the KLA, military aircraft like the price, and they are even willing to pay slightly more than the assigned price.
Other details of the likely purchase of Russian aircraft are unknown until the military department. Meanwhile, the first in February 2013 the Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov, visited VASO, the company promised to order a total of 59 ships difficulties An-148 and IL-6 96. Among the potential buyers — Ministry Interior, the Ministry of Emergency Situations and the Federal Security Service.
First, in 2013 the governor of the Voronezh region wrote a letter to President Vladimir Putin, in which asked for the legislation to appoint VASO sole supplier of aircraft An-148 Ministry of Defense. Due to such a status Defense Ministry will be able to take from the Voronezh aircraft company without bidding. In addition, VACO will be able to sell the aircraft with a fixed gain of 25 percent.
Short-haul passenger plane An-148 is designed to carry 68-85 passengers depending on the configuration. It is capable of speeds up to 870 km per hour and fly at a distance of up to 4 thousand kilometers. At the current time in Russia operated 12 An-148: 6 airline "Russia", three — "Angara", two — "Flight" and one — a special unit of the flight, "Russia."