Ukraine’s airplane giant Antonov tests first model without Russian components



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Article by: UATV

A brand new Ukrainian-built Antonov plane, taking off for the first time. The iconic Antonov aircraft manufacturer tested its new multipurpose model AN-132D on 31 March. A delegation of top officials from Saudi Arabia, Ukraine’s main partner in the plane’s development, were in attendance.

Antonov’s new AN-132D is built to carry up to almost 10 tons, fly at a maximum cruise speed of 550 km/h and can be used for air dropping medical supplies, equipment, and military service personnel as well as a variety of other transport needs. Most of the plane’s components are Ukrainian, with other supplies from the USA, France, Germany, and Canada.

Notably, this is the first model without a single Russian detail – an achievement for Ukraine, where the aerospace and defense industries are highly interconnected with Russia from Soviet times. The turboprop engines were purchased from the Canadian company Pratt & Whitney, propellers – from the British Dowty Propellers. In addition, avionics and the power supply system on the aircraft was provided by the US company Honeywell, and air preparation system came from the German Liebherr.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko spoke at the event:

“The partnership with our Saudi friends is especially important in conditions of broken cooperation ties with the country-aggressor Russia.  I also want to emphasize that the program to create the AN-132D is a truly international project. The creation of this multi-purpose transport aircraft involved the leading enterprises of aircraft in the world. Companies from the US, the UK, France, Germany and many others”.

The AN-132D was presented at the Antonov factory on 20 December 2016. Photo:

The AN-132D was presented at the Antonov factory on 20 December 2016. Photo:

Antonov officials hope that the Ukrainian-made plane’s unique features will allow it to be used all around the world.

Oleksandr Khokhlov, the AN-132D plane program director:

“We designed this plane on the clients’ needs. It must be competitive in price, easy to operate and maintain. It is able to operate on prepared landing strips and high-altitude airfields. This is very important for our potential markets, particularly in India and Latin America.”

Of course, Antonov’s world record-breaking AN-225 Mriya remains the trademark plane of the Ukrainian company. But it’s hoped more Antonov will continue developing more models in the future with the label – Made in Ukraine!

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  • Murf

    The three keys to victory.
    Looking forward to watching Ukraine’s renaissance as more people learn this simple truth.

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      In the long run Dwarfstan is the Big Loser. The components hitherto supplied by Dwarfstanian companies are now supplied by other countries; they win. And not only does Dwarfstan lose business, it also loses influence as its banks are shut down and total trade volume declines. Sberbank is just the first Dwarfstanian state bank to withdraw, others will follow.
      Slowly but surely others will take Dwarfstan’s place.

      • veth
      • Murf

        The up side also is that Ukraine is getting better components for their products.
        The Prat & Whitney engines for the An-132s are more fuel efficient and have more power.
        I read that GE (who own P&W) are going the build a engine plant in Ukraine.
        Looks like the start of a good relationship.

        • Andrew Chmile

          The labor is cheaper than the Coast of China I read!

          Besides more skilled…

          “I read that GE (who own P&W) are going to build a engine plant in Ukraine.”

          — The Japanese are moving in as well.

    • MichaelA

      Murphy laws of combat:
      7 The important things are always simple
      8 The simple things are always hard

      • Andrew Chmile

        SHUDD-UP!!! LYING RUSKI ***MOLE*** !!!
        SCUM!!! RUSKI!!! PIDER!!!

        • Alex George

          And here we have Andrew the Putin troll attacking friends of Ukraine, yet again.

  • veth

    Without Russian components: It can fly, not rusty in 3 months, no smoke-signals, cheaper than overpriced fake Russian paper-planes.

  • veth

    After 25 years, and 300 years too late………………Let Ukrainians farmers become miljonairs!

    • MichaelA

      The farmers
      Not the oligarchs

  • zorbatheturk

    Nobody needs RuSSia.

    • Andrew Chmile

      The MOLES do! :)

      • zorbatheturk


        • Andrew Chmile

          They are using MOLES a lot more now, rather than TROLLS…. good thing you & Scradje are on __Ukraine Today USA__ :)))

          Keeps them “aware” shall we say :)

          But Scradje said they banned him from another of their BS MOLE DISQUS Channels —- they didn’t wanna deal with his @ss there evidently! :)))

          But fot “THEM” — they can pretend to their TROLL SUPERVISORS they are working —- but they can’t pull much sh*t,,,,,

          That ‘ho — “I lost my only baby in Donbas” kurva — “Larissa” — now ” L ” — no longer writes that “Crimea is really Russian” :)))
          … even that moron “slavko” jumped on her case! :)))

          Plus they do NOT like *YOU* — not that you GAF.

          • zorbatheturk

            A very dodgy ill-informed bunch. It sure looks like a front. If it quacks like a duck…

          • Andrew Chmile

            They ARE a LOT more careful!!!

            They (used to — still do?) had Sputnik & Russia Today BS there & said — “just for laughs” or something like that …. Not so much now…. But they IMPRESS their bosses with a supposed “large following” — plus they don’t have to really “battle” — and they can ALWAYS censor or ban.

          • zorbatheturk

            Makes sense, pretend to be working, roubles for comments.

          • Alex George

            Yes that is a perfect description of the poster calling himself Andrew Chmile and about a dozen variations on that name.

            The naive and the gullible are taken in by him, as well as his fellow Putin trolls of course.

          • Alex George

            Except you get banned from many pro-Ukrainian sites don’t you Andrew. You have had to stop using Andrew Chmilewsky, Andrew Chimlewsky and a couple of others as well, all variations on the same, as friends of Ukraine realise what you are really about.

            It’s always the same – pose as a nationalist, try to befriend some friends of Ukraine and attack most others, particularly when they write something positive about Ukraine. You use the most vile insults, anything to get them fighting each other rather than criticising your idol Putin.

          • Andrew Chmile

            “Andrew Chimlewsky” — was the name used by that ***SERBIAN***


            It was that ***SERBIAN***:
            —-“I wanna pretend I’m a paid Ruski Troll & @sshole for Putin & Holy Russia & I also hate Ukrainians like Russo-mongolians do.”

            ***SERBS*** & North Koreans and Zimbabwe thrash are the ONLY ones that like your BS nasty Ruski kind, Rather curious, isn’t it? :)))

            You eating “rat meat” for your “FREE LUNCH” for trolls?
            Or are LYING ***MOLES*** different? :)))))))))))

          • Alex George

            You didn’t like being banned by UA Today USA did you Andrew.

            Or by UA Today. Or by UA Wire. Or by Kyiv Post. Or by EP under some of your other account names.

            You always try to pose as a Ukrainian nationalist and attack friends of Ukraine. Same modus operandi each time.