The An-70 military transport plane, jointly developed by Russia and Ukraine for domestic use and for export, was successfully flight-tested at the Antonov plant’s airfield near Kiev on April 24. The plane has four turbo-prop engines and a cruising speed of 700-800 kilometers per hour, can use short dirt-runways, and carries up to 52 tons of cargo or 300 fully armed soldiers. It is due for serial production next year. (Ukrinform, AP, April 25)
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