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| Antonov ASTC
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|Headquarters|| Kiev, Ukraine
<tr><th style="text-align:right; padding-right:0.75em;">Key people</th><td>Oleg Antonov, founder</td></tr><tr><th style="text-align:right; padding-right:0.75em;">Industry</th><td>Aerospace and defense</td></tr><tr><th style="text-align:right; padding-right:0.75em;">Products</th><td>Transport aircraft
Antonov, known as Antonov Aeronautical Scientific/Technical Complex (Antonov ASTC) (Ukrainian: Авіаційний науково-технічний комплекс імені Антонова, АНТК ім. Антонова) is a Ukraine-based (since 1952) aircraft manufacturing and services company (design office prefix An) with particular expertise in the field of very large aircraft construction.
The company is named after Oleg Antonov, its founder and head designer of An-2, An-24, An-22 and other legendary planes.
The Antonov company lacks facilities for full construction of some aircraft, a result of Soviet industrial strategy that split military production between different regions of the USSR. This distribution minimized potential war risks, and prevented Soviet republics from developing self-sufficient economies. As a result, Antonov airplanes were often constructed by aerospace companies in Kharkiv (Ukraine), Novosibirsk (Russia), and Tashkent (Uzbekistan).
Antonov's airplanes range from the rugged An-2 'Colt' biplane (which itself is comparatively large for a biplane) through the Antonov An-28 reconnaissance aircraft to the massive An-124 'Condor' and An-225 'Cossack' strategic airlifters (the latter being the world's biggest aircraft in service). Whilst less famous, the An-24 'Coke', An-26 'Curl' and An-30 'Clank' series of twin turboprop, high winged, passenger transport aircraft are important for domestic air services particularly in parts of the world once led by communist governments. The An-72/An-74 'Coaler' series of small jetliners is slowly replacing that fleet and a larger An-70 freighter is under certification. The An-70 is outwardly similar to the Airbus A400M design that has yet to fly in Western Europe.
Fields of commercial activity of Antonov ASTC include:
- Aircraft construction and manufacture
- Airfreight services (Antonov Airlines)
- Aircraft maintenance and upgrading
- Aerospace related engineering support
- Operation of the Gostomel airport (Antonov Airport)
- Trolley bus construction and manufacture (a spin-off, using existing technical expertise).
Antonov ASTC is a state-owned commercial company.
|A-40||Krylayaty Tank||1942||Winged tank|
|An-2||Kukuruznik||Colt||31 August, 1947||multi-purpose, biplane, single-engine utility transport.|
|An-3||Colt||13 May, 1980||turboprop conversion of An-2|
|An-6||Meteo||Colt||reconnaissance aircraft based on An-2|
|An-8||Camp||1955||light military transport|
|An-10||Ukraine||Cat||March, 1957||medium turboprop-powered transport|
|An-12||Cub||16 December, 1957||military turboprop-powered transport, developed from An-10|
|An-14||Pchelka||Clod||1958||light twin-engine transport|
|An-22||Antey||Cock||February, 1965||extremely large transport|
|An-24||Coke||20 October, 1959||twin-turboprop transport|
|An-26||Curl||1969||twin-turboprop transport, derived from An-24|
|An-28||Cash||September, 1969||twin-turboprop light transport, developed from An-14|
|An-30||Clank||1967||An-24 adapted for aerial cartography|
|An-32||Cline||1976||twin-turboprop transport, up-engined An-26 airframe|
|An-38||Cash||1994||twin-turboprop light transport, stretched An-28|
|An-70||16 December, 1994||large transport, powered by four propfan engines, to replace An-12|
|An-71||Madcap||12 July, 1985||naval AWACS development of An-72|
|An-72||Cheburashka||Coaler||31 August, 1977||STOL transport, utilizing the Coandă effect|
|An-74||Cheburashka||Coaler||1983||civil version of An-72|
|An-88||AWACS project, not completed|
|An-124||Ruslan||Condor||1982||strategic airlifter; largest aircraft ever mass produced|
|An-140||18 September, 1994||short-range turboprop airliner|
|An-148||17 December, 2004||regional jet development of An-74 with engines below wings|
|An-174||enlarged An-74 with engines below wings|
|An-180||in development||medium turboprop airliner, around 175 passengers|
|An-218||postponed||propfan- or turbofan-powered widebody airliner|
|An-225||Mriya||Cossack||21 December, 1988||An-124 derived strategic airlifter; largest aircraft ever built|
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