14:23 Nov. 24, 2016
Ukraine's new multi-purpose transport aircraft, the modernised version of the An-32, is assembled without any components made in Russia
Ukraine's state-owned enterprise Antonov, the only Ukrainian designer and manufacturer of cargo and passenger planes, completes the work on the assembly of the first An-132 aircraft.
Photos have been published on Facebook, confirming that the plane is almost ready: its fuselage has been fully assembled, as well as wings and engines manufactured by Pratt&Whitney Canada have been installed.
As earlier reported, the aircraft will be rolled out from a hangar in December.
Oleksandr Khokhlov, the director of the An-132 program and deputy chief designer at Antonov, earlier said in an interview with UNIAN that under the contract with the Arabian KACST, the company plans to send the first An-132 aircraft to the customer, Saudi Arabia, in the first quarter of 2017.