Apr 07, 2016 00:48 UTC by Defense Industry Daily staff
A joint project between Antonov and Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz City Science and Technology centre has completed a significant milestone as the AN-132D aircraft has completed its major assembly. It is now awaiting delivery of PW150A engines from Pratt & Whitney. The AN-132 program intends to develop a light, multi-purpose aircraft for operation on short and medium-haul routes, and will perform various missions on cargo transportation.
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Assembly of the AN−132D aircraft−demonstrator has been completed
On February 8, 2016, ANTONOV Company completed assembly of the fuselage of the first new transport aircraft−demonstrator AN−132D. At present, works on the aircraft final assembly (joining the main aircraft aggregates – wing, tail union, pylons, engine nacelles) are in progress at the enterprise.
According to Mykhaylo Gvozdov, President of ANTONOV Company, «the next stage of the first AN−132 construction was performed in accordance with the approved schedule. So, we meet commitments to our partners and keep the fixed terms of the program development».
Completion of the AN−132 construction is scheduled for the end of 2016. After series of the test flights, ANTONOV Company and its partners on the programme: King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, Taqnia Aeronautics Co. (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) will present the aircraft to the potential customers in Saudi Arabia.
«Our country needs such airplanes, the market has very high potential. Creating the AN−132 we generated a cluster of aerospace industry in one platform. We had a study that forecasting very good number of this aircraft to be utilized in Saudi Arabia», – said Dr. Khaled Abdullah Alhussain, Director of National Aerospace Technology Center, KACST.
Aircraft operators from South−East Asia and Latin America expressed their interest in the AN−132.
Questions on the interaction on the AN−132 programme, development and initiation of the new joint will be discussed during participation of ANTONOV Company in AFED−2016 to be held in Ar Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, within a period from the 21st to the 28th February 2016.