Rapid Fire | Thursday, February 25, 2016
Saudi Arabia is to start flight testing of its new military transport aircraft next year. The AN-132 has been jointly developed with Ukraine as a modernized version of the Ukrainian AN-32, with modern engines and electronics that would make it more fuel-efficient and able to take off and land in various environments. The deal will see 80 of the planes produced, partially in the Ukraine, but will also see the the transfer of technology and manufacture in the Gulf kingdom. The Saudi organization involved in the development, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) will own 50% of the intellectual property of the new aircraft.
Defense Industry Daily
ANTONOV ENTERPRISE STARTS PRODUCING FIRST PILOT MULTIPURPOSE AN-132 FOR SAUDI ARABIA
8 Sep , 2015
KYIV. Sept 8 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Antonov State Enterprise (Kyiv) has started manufacturing the first sample of its new multipurpose An-132 aircraft with a cargo capacity 9.2 tonnes under a contract signed with Saudi Arabia.
Antonov State Enterprise Acting President Mykhailo Hvozdev told reporters on Monday that the test aircraft of the new An-132 aircraft is being manufactured under the contract signed in April with Saudi Arabian KACST.
He said that at present, the company has finished the detailed design of the aircraft and has started manufacturing it.
“The first An-132 sample will be handed to the customer in late 2016,” he said.
Hvozdev said that the An-132 will have western engines, in particular, PW150A engines of Canada’s Pratt&Whitney, as well as aviation electronics and other equipment.
According to preliminary assessments, the internal need of the Saudi Arabian customer and its armed forces for the An-132 aircraft and its modifications is estimated at around 80 aircraft, he said. Source open4business.com.ua