Passenger and transport aircraft developed by Ukraine’s Antonov state aircraft manufacturing enterprise will be produced in Turkey. The relevant agreement was reached during the tenth meeting of the Ukrainian-Turkish intergovernmental bilateral commission on trade and economic cooperation, the press service of Ukrainian Ministry of Regional Development announced.
"We have reached agreement on a Ukrainian-Turkish partnership in the aircraft manufacturing industry and the development of space technologies. Together with Turkey, Ukraine is ready to develop and produce new passenger and cargo planes on the basis of the Antonov state aircraft manufacturing enterprise. In particular, it involves development and production of passenger the TAN-158 aircraft based on the An-158 aircraft, a transport plane on the basis of the An-178 aircraft, and an aircraft on the basis of the An-70 aircraft," Deputy Prime Minister/Minister of Regional Development Hennadii Zubko said at the commission’s meeting on 13 May.
In addition, Ukraine has reached agreement with Turkey on development of transit corridors, implementation of infrastructure projects in the Crimea in support of Crimean Tatars, on facilitating access of Ukrainian steelmakers to the Turkish market, on the "Southern Gas Corridor," on cooperation on education, and others.
As reported, the Antonov state aircraft manufacturing enterprise already has several foreign partners engaging in or intend to engage in licensed assembly of aircraft developed by the enterprise. For example, the IrAn-140 freighter is produced in Iran on the basis of the An-140 aircraft and a modern version of the An-132 aircraft is to be produced in Saudi Arabia on the basis of the An-32 aircraft. Before the Russian annexation of the Crimea and the conflict in the Donbas, the Antonov state aircraft manufacturing enterprise also had partnerships with a number of Russian companies.
In addition, negotiations are being held with India on participation in a tender for supply of aircraft of the An-148 family to India, which will involve establishment of a joint venture in India.