Ukrainian plane manufacturer Antonov is seeking US partners for the joint development of a new model of An-77 transport aircraft. This question was discussed on July 3 during a visit paid by the delegation of the Committee on Transport and Infrastructure of the US House of Representatives to the company.

Antonov provided a proposal for the joint development of the An-77 – a modernized version of the medium-heavy military transport aircraft, capable of short take-off and landing (STOL). The aircraft could potentially occupy a niche between C-130 with a payload of up to 21 tons and C-17 - of up to 76 tons, Antonov said in a Facebook post.

Antonov showed the first mass-produced military transport airplane An-178 during the Ukraine Avia Fest airshow, September 16 – 18, 2016.

Antonov offered to organize cooperation on this project with the broad participation of American aircraft manufacturers and suppliers.

According, to Antonov, the implementation of such a project call for an interaction with the bodies of state aviation regulation and control - the State Aviation Service of Ukraine and the US FAA. The conclusion of BASA (Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement) should also become an important step.