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IDEF 2017: Antonov, Aselsan to collaborate on transport aircraft avionics

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World Aviation Defense & Security Industry News - Antonov & Aselsan
 
 
IDEF 2017: Antonov, Aselsan to collaborate on transport aircraft avionics
 
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that outlines the main areas of collaboration to be developed between ASELSAN Elektronik Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S (ASELSAN) Turkey’s leading defense company and the Ukrainian aircraft company ANTONOV, which is the part of the SC “UkrOboronProm”, was signed on May 10 at IDEF 2017 in Istanbul, Turkey, by representatives of both companies.
     
Aselsan & Antonov MoU signature ceremony at IDEF 2017
(Credit: Antonov)
     
The purpose of the MoU is to pave the way to explore potential opportunities for business collaboration on complete avionics and integrated solutions for An-148 aircraft family. The intended collaboration is primarily based on the An-158 and An-178 aircraft which they could be strong candidates for regional jet and cargo  aircraft. The parties have also agreed to explore further opportunities targeting the global market.

The MoU was signed by Dr. Faik Eken, General Manager of ASELSAN and Oleksandr A. Kotsiuba, President of ANTONOV.

To ensure that the cooperative work to be undertaken by the companies proceeds efficiently, the parties have agreed to held regular meetings as well as dedicated Working Groups to execute the collaborative efforts. Besides the collaboration topics that have been defined in the agreement, the parties have agreed to explore further opportunities to expand the extent of cooperation between the companies.

     
Antonov's An-178 military transport aircraft introduced at Dubai Air Show 2015
     
A short-range medium-airlift military transport variant of the Antonov An-148 regional jet airliner, the An-178 has a payload capacity of 15 t.

The An-178 performed its maiden flight on May 7, 2015. The An-178 can carry 99 soldiers, 80 paratroops or evacuate 70 wounded people. The powerplant consists of two D-436-148FM turbofan engines.