Dowty Propellers (Britain) will supply propeller systems for the engines of the prototype of the new AN-132D multipurpose aircraft, which is being built at the Antonov state aircraft manufacturing enterprise’s facilities to order from Saudi Arabia, the Interfax Ukraine news agency reports.
Dowty Propellers will supply two R-408 six-bladed propeller systems for PW150A turboprops manufactured by Pratt & Whitney Canada, which will be installed on the aircraft.
Information about this was published at the 2016 Farnborough Air Show, which is taking place near London. Details of the relevant agreement have not been disclosed.
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The AN-132 new multipurpose transport aircraft has a payload of 9.2 tons. It is a modification of the AN-32 light transport aircraft, which is intended to replace the AN-32 and AN-26 aircraft on the market.
Antonov is implementing the An-132 program in cooperation with companies King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and Taqnia Aeronautics Co., Saudi Arabia. The aircraft is being built in cooperation with leading western manufacturers: Pratt & Whitney Canada (Canada), Honeywell (United States), and Liebherr (France).
Assembly of the An-132D is expected to be completed before the end of the year. The aircraft will be presented to potential customers in Saudi Arabia after a series of test flights.
The Antonov state aircraft manufacturing enterprise, Taqnia, the UkrNIIAT institute, Altis Holding (Ukraine), and Broetje-Automation (Germany) signed a protocol of intent to design and build an aircraft manufacturing plant in Saudi Arabia during the 51st Paris international air show, Le Bourget 2015, in June 2015. According to preliminary estimates, the domestic need of Saudi Arabia and its security forces for multipurpose An-132 aircraft and its modifications is estimated at about 80. The market demand for the new An-132 aircraft in the period until 2025 is estimated at more than 200.