27-10-2015 / Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, called ANTONOV aircraft as “reliable enough”

ANTONOV Company proposed development of cooperation to German partners 

At the end of October 2015, Ukrainian−German Forum with participation of Heads of Government of both countries and representatives of more than 600 enterprises of Germany and Ukraine was held in Berlin.

Making a speech at the Forum, Dr. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, mentioned the aircraft industry among the most advanced fields of economy of Ukraine. She noted: “Ukraine has a good basis for the economy development. Worthy salary, high professional skills in combination with big enough domestic market are providing good prerequisites for that. Ukraine has a number of  developed segments. I mean agrarian sphere, engineering industry, aircraft industry in particular. Besides, I would like to say, that German Bundeswehr has used ANTONOV airplanes in the missions in Afghanistan and they have shown them as reliable enough”.  (

During many years Germany has been remaining among customers of services on air transportations of superheavy and oversized cargoes by the AN−124−100 airplanes. Ruslans involved into the SALIS (Strategic Airlift Interim Solution) programme are based in Leipzig. Besides, German companies are the partners of ANTONOV in creation of the new aircraft including multipurpose aircraft of the AN−148 and AN−158 family.

Addressing to the Forum participants, Sergey Semovonik, Vice President of ANTONOV Company, invited all the industrial enterprises of the aviation industry of Germany and companies engaged in supply of airborne systems and equipment to cooperate. “Widening of international cooperation and production facilities upgrading are strategic directions of our enterprise development. So, we initiate to unite efforts with German companies in construction of the AN−132 and AN−178 advanced transports”, – said Mr. Semovonik.   

According to the decree of Government of Ukraine, ANTONOV Company, Kharkiv State Aircraft Manufacturing Company, Plant 410 of Civil Aviation SE have been passed under management of UKROBORONPROM State Concern, which includes more than 20 enterprises of the aircraft industry of Ukraine.


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