Wings have been mounted on a prototype of the AN-132D aircraft at an assembly plant belonging to the Antonov state aircraft manufacturing enterprise, the press service of the company announced.
This marks the end of the latest stage of construction of the prototype, which is being created under a contract with the Saudi Center for Scientific Research and Technology (KACST).
As reported, the Antonov state aircraft manufacturing enterprise and the Taqnia Aeronautics company (Saudi Arabia) have signed an agreement on cooperation in organizing production of the new An-132 multipurpose aircraft in Saudi Arabia.
In April 2015, the in April 2015 the Antonov state aircraft manufacturing enterprise concluded an agreement with KACST (Saudi Arabia) on cooperation on joint development and production of An-132 aircraft, which is a modernized version of the An-32 aircraft. Under the agreement, the Ukrainian side will transfer technologies for production of An-32 aircraft to Saudi Arabia and train its specialists.
The new multipurpose transport aircraft has a payload of 9.2 tons. 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.