The Antonov state aircraft manufacturing enterprise (Kiev) intends to explore the possibility of reviving production of aircraft chassis at its own facilities. Antonov’s President and Chief Designer Dmytro Kiva announced this at a press conference on Thursday, January 22, the CFTS correspondent reports.
According to Kiva, this decision was made because the Ukrainian supplier of chassis – the Dnipropetrovsk-based Yuzhmash engineering plant – has limited capacity and is thus incapable of fully meeting the needs of the customer.
In particular, Kiva said that Yuzhmash produces up to eight sets per year, which are delivered simultaneously to Antonov’s Serial Plant in Kiev, the Kharkov State Aircraft Manufacturing Company, the Voronezh Aircraft Manufacturing Association, and Iran. Increased of production requires investment, which is currently difficult to attract.
In this regard, Antonov received two sets of chassis from the Gidromash company (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia) at the end of last year.
Therefore, according to Kiva, it is necessary to analyze the possibility of reviving the chassis production technology that previously existed at Antonov. He issued the relevant instructions to his company’s employees.