Antonov AN-132D takes flight
The Antonov AN-132D transport aircraft has completed its first flight, Ukroboronprom announced on 31 March.
The AN-132D has been developed using components from Honeywell, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Liebherr-Aerospace Toulouse, Dowty Propellers, and includes no Russian components.
As a new variant of the AN-132, the AN-132D is a light multi-purpose aircraft designed for short-medium range missions, with a cruising speed of 500km/h, maximum cruise altitude of up to 9000m and a maximum payload capacity to 9.2 tonnes. With different cabin configurations possible, the aircraft will be marketed as a transportation/cargo platform.
The AN-132 is the first aircraft to be produced by the UOP Aircraft cluster that was created in 2016 as part a strategy to reform Ukraine's defence industry. The cluster allows the Ukrainian aviation industry to operate as integrated, coordinated unit, enabling it to reach more deeply into the international market and implement international standards. Production and logistic processes developed under the AN-132 programme will be applied to other future clusters.
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