Ukraine’s newest An-132D transport aircraft awaits its maiden flight

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The Ukraine-made Antonov An-132D, has passed engine tests and is expected to make its maiden flight in the first half of this year.

Let’s remind that roll out ceremony of the AN-132D aircraft demonstrator was held on December 20, 2016. This is the first plane developed by Antonov Company in cooperation with partners from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The plane was designed in a very short period – 1.5 years. Leading companies are involved in An-132D development, including Pratt & Whitney Canada and Honeywell. This is the first plane of the SE “Antonov,” manufactured without Russian components.

The new Ukrainian multi-purpose aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PW150A turboprop engines, which have logged millions of flight hours with Dowty Propellers’ R408 propeller system on regional airliners.

“An-132 is a new Ukrainian product, developed in accordance with cooperation model of world leading companies. An-132 will have competitive advantages in the market. This is the symbiosis of the best advanced technologies”, – said the head of “UkrOboronProm.”

The aircraft will have a maximum cruising speed of 500 kilometers per hour and a maximum cruising altitude of 9,000 meters with a maximum payload of 9.2 tonnes. The AN-123D demonstrator is being developed by Antonov, together with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology.

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