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18-07-2016 / ANTONOV Company at Farnborough−2016

Within a period from the 11th to the 17th of July 2016, ANTONOV Company took part in the Farnborough International Airshow – 2016 held in Farnborough, Great Britain. Traditionally ANTONOV presented its modern programmes in three following segments: transports, regional passenger airplanes and special−purpose aircraft. The models of AN−158 regional jet, AN−148−300MP maritime patrol, AN−148−100EM medevac, AN−132 light transport and AN−178 multipurpose transport, which was also shown at the static display and in the demo flights programme.

During the airshow, ANTONOV Company’s specialists conducted negotiations. The main subject was confirmation of existing agreements and search of new partners. There were meetings with potential customers of ANTONOV aircraft.

In particular, a meeting with delegation of Dowty Propellers headed by Oliver Towers, the President of the company, was held. Cooperation on the Contract as for delivery of the propellers for AN−132D demonstrator aircraft was discussed. . It provides excellent climb and cruise performance while generating low noise levels, and the system’s modular configuration is designed for low maintenance costs – eliminating mechanical linkages to cockpit. “We’ve established an excellent working relationship with Antonov since signing the R408 propeller system’s supply agreement in January, and our teams are fully committed to making the AN−132D demonstrator a success,” said Mr. Towers.

Her Excellency Natalia Galibarenko, Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, visited ANTONOV Company’s exposition at the Airshow. She expressed her readiness to assist in development of cooperation between Ukraine and Great Britain in aviation field.

ANTONOV Company and Pratt&Whitney Canada signed a Memorandum of Understanding to provide Antonov’s AN−132 aircraft production program with a new version of the PW150A turboprop engine.  “We are delighted to be working with Antonov on its AN−132 production program after having provided the OEM with PW150A engines for the AN−132D DEMO aircraft last fall,” said John Saabas, the President of P&WC. “The PW150 delivers unequalled value to multi−purpose aircraft such as the AN−132, offering exceptional payload capacity, fuel efficiency, environmental performance and low−cost maintenance. We anticipate an excellent working relationship as we join with ANTONOV on this promising new opportunity.”

At Farnborough−2016, the meeting with ANTONOV’s key partners on the AN−132 programme, heads of King Abdulaziz City Science and Technology (KACST) and Taqnia Aeronautics Co., kingdom of Saudi Arabia, was conducted. Telling about the AN−132 programme development, Dr. Khaled Abdullah Alhussain, Director of KACST, said: "Until present, we almost completed construction of AN−132D demonstrator aircraft. Nowadays, we are mounting the engines and avionics systems. Works on the aircraft construction are performed in close cooperation between KACST and ANTONOV Company. It will be a modern, competitive aircraft which will take a proper place in the world market. We intend to start AN−132 tests till the end of this year and to find potential customers for this airplane. We are constructing the An−132 to present it in the market, and simultaneously we are preparing the necessary infrastructure for it including composite materials. High technologies are embodied into this airplane".

On July 13, Oleksandr Kotsiuba, the President of ANTONOV Company, and Michel Potvin, the President of Esterline Avionics Systems, signed a contract on delivery of systems and equipment for aircraft of AN−148, AN−158 family, AN−178 transport and AN−124−100 Ruslan freighters.  The solemn ceremony of the contract signing was held in presence of Christa Freeland, Minister of International Trade of Canada, Jim Quick, the President of Association of aerospace enterprises of Canada, and Roman Romanov, Director General of UKROBORONPROM State Concern. Mrs. Freeland said in her speech: “Turning to the Ukrainian party at this event, I would like to say, that you and your partners have Canadian government support. Signing of this contract is a good opportunity to join Canadian technologies with perfect ANTONOV aircraft. We are ready to assist in development of this fruitful cooperation”. Under the terms of the first contract, Esterline CMC Electronics will supply its CMA−9000 Flight Management System (FMS), and Multi−Function Displays for a quantity of sixty, new production AN−148/158/178 aircraft of various purposes. For the second contract, the same systems, displays and CMA−5024 GPS Sensors will be installed on seven airplanes of AN−124−100 Ruslan type of ANTONOV AIRLINES. Michel Potvin, the President of Esterline Avionics Systems, said: “We are very proud that Antonov has selected our avionics system solutions for this family of transport aircraft. This is a key endorsement of our core navigational systems expertise and pedigree”.

 Estimating work of ANTONOV Company at Farnborough−2016, Oleksandr Kotsiuba specified: “We have reached the intended goal. We conducted important negotiations, meetings, concluded fundamental agreements as for cooperation with the world leaders of aircraft industry. Such interaction will provide competitive advantages for new ANTONOV aircraft. For the first time in Great Britain we presented the AN−178, which attracted an intense interest. Hereby I would like to express high gratitude to His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent for his visit to the AN−178, attention to the ANTONOV Company’s programmes  and warm words in memory of His Royal Highness’ visit to Ukraine and to our enterprise in particular”.   

 

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