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The Antonov An-72 (NATO reporting name: Coaler) is a Soviet/Ukrainian transport aircraft, developed by Antonov ASTC. It was designed as an STOL transport and intended as a replacement for the Antonov An-26, but variants have found success as commercial freighters.
The An-72 and the related An-74 get their nickname, Cheburashka, from the large engine intake ducts, which resemble the oversized ears of the popular Soviet animated character of the same name.
- An-72: Preproduction aircraft. Two flying prototypes, one static test airframe and eight preproduction machines.
- An-72A: Initial production STOL transport with a longer fuselage and increased wingspan.
- An-72AT: Freight version of the An-72A compatible with standard international shipping containers.
- An-72P: Patrol aircraft. Armed with one 23 mm GSh-23L cannon plus bombs and/or rockets.
- An-72S: Executive VIP transport fitted with a galley in a front cabin, work and rest areas in a central cabin, and 24 armchairs in a rear cabin, can also be reconfigured for transporting freight or 38 passengers or as an air ambulance carrying eight stretchers.
- An-74: Arctic/Antarctic support model with room for five crew, increased fuel capacity, larger radar in bulged nose radome, improved navigation equipment, better de-icing equipment, and can be fitted with wheel-skis landing gear.
- Angolan Air Force
- Armenian Air Force
- Equatorial Guinea
- Equatoguinean Air Force
- Georgian Air Force
- Kazakh Air Force
- Libyan Air Force
- Moldovan Air Force
- Peruvian Air Force
- Russian Air Force
- Soviet Union
- Soviet Air Force
- Ukrainian Air Force
- Ukrainian National Guard