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Antonov transports to be built in Saudi Arabia

A transport aircraft based on Antonov's AN-32 is to be built in Saudi Arabia under a cooperative agreement between Antonov and Taqnia Aeronautics.

By Richard Tomkins
Antonov transports to be built in Saudi Arabia
The AN-132 transport to be manufactured in Saudi Arabia. Photo by Antonov

KIEV, Ukraine, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Antonov, the Ukrainian aircraft manufacture, is to open a facility in Saudi Arabia with Taqnia Aeronautics and produce AN-132 multi-purpose transport planes.

The cooperation agreement signed last week in Saudi Arabia sets certain plans for organization of the operation, production of AN-132s and after-sale support of the plane and other Antonov aircraft, such as the AN-148 and AN-178.

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"It is very important event in our cooperation with partners from Saudi Arabia," said Antonov President Mykhaylo Gvozdov. "Today [Friday] 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 programs."

The two companies have also signed a cooperative agreement for joint development of metallic and non-metallic materials in Saudi Arabia for use in production of Antonov aircraft.

The AN-132 is a twin-engine multi-purpose turbo-prop, based on the AN-32. The AN-32 can carry 42 paratroopers, has a maximum speed of 329 miles per hour and a maxium range of 1,553 miles.

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