16:43 Dec. 20, 2016
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, on December 20 presented the first prototype of a new An-132 transport aircraft, UNIAN reports.
Ukraine's top officials -- President Petro Poroshenko and Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Turchynov -- have witnessed the aircraft roll-out in Kyiv.
The ceremony was also attended by top management of Ukraine's state-owned defense giant Ukroboronprom and Antonov design bureau, which is part of the Concern.
The representatives of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which are customers and partners in the project, were also present.
Prince Turki bin Saud bin Mohammed Al Saud (L), President of Saudi Arabia's King Abdulaziz City for Science and Production, and Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko shake hands in the cockpit of Antonov An-132D, a new multi-role transport aircraft unveiled at the Antonov Serial Plant (Getty Images)
According to the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, until 2035, the world will need about 260 of such aircraft. "Very few countries can celebrate such holiday as the launch of a new aircraft model," he said.
The production of the first sample of An-132 was launched in September 2015. At the same time, Antonov has signed a number of agreements with Saudi Arabia on the deliveries of these aircraft starting from 2017, as well as on the joint design and production of aircraft plant in its territory where mass production of An-132 is planned.
Ukrainian company management has assessed the needs of the world market in such aircraft to about 900 units over the next 20 years.