"Antonov" and "Taqnia" will build aircraft complex and organize production of An-132 in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Relevant Cooperation Agreement was signed on February 21 by Mykhaylo Hvozdov, president of the SE "Antonov", and Ali Mohammed Al-Ghamdi, President of Taqnia Aeronautics Co.
The Agreement covers specific plans for supply, maintenance and after sales support of aircrafts AN-132, AN-148 and AN-178. Cooperative production of AN-132 in Saudi Arabia is in the planning stage.
"A very important event – in cooperation with partners from Saudi Arabia – was held. We proceeded from the agreement to specific steps in our business cooperation. This document can be viewed as a road map of our cooperation for joint programs ", – said Mykhaylo Hvozdov.
The signing ceremony took place at the exhibition ADEF-2016 in the presence of Mohammed Al-Ayish, Deputy Secretary of Defence of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, His Highness Prince Turki Bin Saud Mohammed Al Saud and other KSA officials.
"I am grateful to "Antonov " team for their professionalism and high-quality work, valued worldwide. Day by day, the company is expanding the horizons of its international activities, and UKROBORONPROM will maximally facilitate this following this course "- said UKROBORONPROM Director General Roman Romanov.
Basing on the results of effective activity of UKROBORONPROM enterprises-participants, the Government of Ukraine decided to pass SE “Antonov” under the Concern’s management. As a part of the State Concern, the company has signed a number of memoranda of international partnerships (with Pratt & Whitney Canada, WB Electronics etc.) and is entering new markets. “Antonov” capacity allows to fulfill both internal orders of any extent and make export supplies.
It was reported earlier, "Antonov" will create authorized service centers in Latin America, Asia and Africa. Their goal is to provide effective support for “Antonov” aircrafts and technical support through a single point of maintenance. The program will enhance "Antonov" aircrafts marketing appeal for these markets, increasing demand.
Aviation cluster will be created in the structure of SC "Ukroboronprom." SE “Antonov” will be the leading enterprise of this cluster. Aviation cluster will make Ukraine more attractive to international partners, contributing to internal cooperation improvement, establishing international distribution and building a system of effective governance.