posted on Dec, 3 2015 @ 05:18 PM
After cutting ties with Russia, and putting their supply chain at risk, Kiev is looking to Westernize several aircraft, including the An-124.
Next year, during a heavy maintenance check, one of the An-124s will receive Western manufactured tires, brakes, and avionics. This will be followed
by flight tests to validate the changes. Antonov is trying to reduce costs, one way being reducing crew through modernizing the avionics and cockpit.
Also being Westernized are the An-32, which will receive Pratt&Whitney engines and Honeywell avionics, and the An-70. The engines originally to be
used can only be gotten through Russia, so new powerplants will be selected, and the aircraft redesigned the An-188.