UkrOboronProm SE “Antonov” that is now the leading enterprise of aviation cluster demonstrated a new light multipurpose aircraft AN-132D.
The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and Saudi Prince Turki bin Saud bin Mohammed Al Saud – who traditionally cut the ribbon before An-132D left the shop – attended the demonstration of the new aircraft.
“We are confident that this aircraft has a great future. We are confident that it will have 260-290 aircraft by 2035. And I thank all aircraft manufacturers and all our partners for this celebration and for this victory, “- said Petro Poroshenko during his speech.
The head of the State Concern Roman Romanov noted that Ukrainian aircraft manufacturers in short-term created An-132D.
“An-132D was created in a very short time. The decision to implement this project was made in May 2015 when the agreement was concluded with Taqnia Aeronautics, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Today the aircraft is ready for testing and will perform its first flight in spring 2017, “- said Roman Romanov.
Broad strategic cooperation with Western partners is of great importance in this project, added UOP Director General. Leading companies are involved in An-132D development, including Pratt & Whitney Canada, which will supply engines, and Honeywell, that will provide “glass” cockpit and other on-board electronic systems.
Decision on implementation of An-132 program was based on the request of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia organizations, as well as aircraft operators. An-132D construction is the first stage of the program of creating light multipurpose aircraft of new generation AN-132.
An-132 is designed for short distance and medium-range routes, will perform a wide range of tasks on transportation; different cargo cabin configurations are avaliable. The aircraft will have a cruising speed of 500 km / h and a maximum cruise altitude up to 9000 m with a maximum payload up to 9.2 tons.
Later a whole family of different purpose aircraft will be developed on the basis of An-132. Series production of these aircraft is planned in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in cooperation with Ukrainian companies.
Having entered the market of the Middle East, aircraft AN-132 will enhance “UkrOboronProm” entering the markets of Africa and South America. This was stated by Director General of the State Concern Roman Romanov.
“Unfortunately, during deliberate destruction of the country’s defense industry, Ukraine gained reputation as an unreliable partner. Now” UkrOboronProm “directs all its forces to improve this situation. On the day of roll-out of the modern aircraft An-132D , we received a number of calls from potential partners from across the world, interested in the given innovation. “UkrOboronProm” has all it takes to meet this demand,”- said the head of the State Concern Roman Romanov.