SE “Antonov” plans to manufacture the first demonstrator An-132 in record time: this fall the aircraft may hit the skies. This was stated by the UkrOboronProm Director General Roman Romanov at the meeting with foreign media at the international aerospace salon “Farnborough Air Show-2016” in the suburbs of London.
“AN-132D is the first global project of “Antonov” with the world’s leading aviation companies. This is a sample of import substitution program implementation: the aircraft won’t have any Russian component”, Roman Romanov stressed.
More than half of components will be produced by domestic enterprises; world’s best companies will deliver the remaining spares. In particular, Pratt & Whitney Canada PW150A will provide turboprop engines and British Dowty Propellers will supply propellers R-408. The aircraft will be powered with avionics and power supply system by American Honeywell and air preparation system by Liebherr.
“An-132 is a new Ukrainian product, developed in accordance with cooperation model of world leading companies. An-132 will have competitive advantages in the market. This is the symbiosis of the best advanced technologies”, the head of UkrOboronProm said.
The AN-132 – intended for short- and medium-haul routes – will have varied use, from troop transport to cargo and can be outfitted with a variety of cabin configurations. The aircraft will have a maximum cruising speed of 500 kilometers per hour and a maximum cruising altitude of 9,000 meters with a maximum payload of 9.2 tons. The AN-123D demonstrator is being developed by Antonov, together with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology.
A year ago the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine decided to transfer the management of SE “Antonov” to UkrOboronProm. As a part of the State Concern, “Antonov” fulfilled import substitution program, expanded the range of foreign partners, developed new aircraft AN-132, launched the development of domestic unmanned aircraft complex, and received the order from the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine. (UkrOboronProm/Business World Magazine)