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Antonov and Taqnia ink deal for the production of An-132 airlifters in Saudi Arabia

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World Defense & Security Industry News - Antonov Company
 
 
Antonov and Taqnia ink deal for the production of An-132 airlifters in Saudi Arabia
 
The Ukrainian aircraft manufacturer Antonov Company and the Saudi Arabia-based company Taqnia signed Agreement on cooperation for establishment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of aircraft manufacturing complex and AN-132 production in cooperation with Antonov Company.
     
Antonov and Taqnia ink deal for the-production of An 132 airlifters in Saudi Arabia 640 001An artist impression of the future Antonov An-132 light military airlifter
     
On February 21, 2016, Mykhaylo Gvozdov, President of Antonov Company, and Ali Mohammed Al-Ghamdi, CEO of Taqnia Aeronautics Co., signed Agreement on cooperation for establishment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of aircraft manufacturing complex and AN-132 production in cooperation with Antonov Company. The signing ceremony was held at AFED-2016 in presence of Mr. Mohammed Al-Ayish, Assistant Secretary of Defense of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, His Highness Prince Turki bin Saud Mohammed A.Al-Saud and other officials of the KSA.

This Agreement sets certain plans as for delivery, organization of operation, after-sale support of Antonov aircraft of the AN-132, AN-148 families and AN-178. It also concerns further joint works on organization of cooperative production of the AN-132 in KSA.

It is very important event in our cooperation with partners from Saudi Arabia. Today we made the certain step in our relations based on the preliminary agreements. This document could be considered as the roadmap for our interaction by joint programmes”, said Mykhaylo Gvozdov.

The AN-132 is a light multi-purpose transport aircraft jointly developed by Antonov and Taqnia Aeronautics Company. It is based on the An-32 twin-engine turboprop aircraft.