The construction of the first aircraft began in 2013, while the plane was developed in 2010 as a replacement for older Antonov models. The carrier is created on the basis of the passenger plane An-158, which production has been recently launched.
According to Wikipedia, An -178 is Ukraine's projected short-range medium-airlift military transport aircraft designed by the Ukrainian Antonov company and based on the Antonov An-158 (An-148-200). It was announced on Feb. 5, 2010, with the first flight expected in 2015.
The An-178 is a potential competitor for the Alenia C-27J Spartan from Italy, EADS CASA C-295 from Spain, Lockheed Martin C-130J from the United States, Embraer KC-390 from Brazil, and the Ilyushin Il-214 from the Russian Federation.
Brand new Ukrainian military transport aircraft An-178 was presented at the Antonov state enterprise today.