Antonov Design Bureau and the US aviation industry: who strangles anyone in sweet arms?
According to international news agencies, Aleksandr Donets, the next (already the fourth in the last three years) head of the Design Bureau named. Antonova, said that the beginning of cooperation with the American side will allow the company to withdraw from the deep crisis in which the corporation was due to the rupture of economic ties between Ukraine and Russia.
According to A. Donets, the basic joint production will be located on the territory of Ukraine, in Gostomel, and this will solve the problem of those components, scarce materials, etc., which in the current period the Ukrainian company turned out to be impossible to obtain from Russian suppliers.
Known in the Soviet period, KB them. Antonova developed several dozen models of various transport aircraft, including the famous super-heavy Ruslan and Mriya. However, after 2005, the corporation abandoned the development of new models, and in 2015, production also stopped.
Thanks to the North American assistance, the Ukrainian aviation industry plans to launch the production of such aircraft as An-158, An-178 and others, which will be supplied (of course, in case of successful development of this joint venture) to markets mainly in Central Asia.
The Antonov enterprise is not only hoping for broad participation in the joint project of American aircraft manufacturers, but plans to enter the international and even North American aircraft market with its developments. In particular, the Ukrainians are planning that their An-77 (created on the basis of the Ukrainian-Russian An-70 that did not go into the series) will be able to occupy an intermediate niche between such models as the Hercules Lockheed C-130 (load capacity 21) and Boeing C-17 "Globemaster III" (loadable 78 t).
Ukrainian aircraft manufacturers also pin some hopes on the An-178 (which passed the 2015 flight tests in May) and the An-134D (presented by Ukroboronprom in June 2017 at the Le Bourget air show) created without Russian components.
However, in reality, according to a number of Russian military experts, Ukrainian aircraft are not needed by either European or North American aircraft building corporations, since, by and large, they are their direct competitors.
Recently, such countries as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Azerbaijan and even the Iraqi Air Force (probably all of these countries are allies of the USA), as well as ... China, have indicated their interest in acquiring An-178. However, the author is not yet aware of the export of these planes from Ukraine to any other countries, the main reason for which is the lack of components required for the resumption of their release.
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