Ukrainian Aircraft Producer Antonov aims to cooperate with the Turkish aviation industry for the production of AN-178 aircraft, said the company’s CEO.
Last week, a Ukrainian delegation visited Turkey’s shipyards and aircraft manufacturers, and evaluated the potential cooperation, Oleksandr Los told Anadolu Agency.
“We are in close interaction and discussion with our Turkish friends, the TUSAS Engine Industries (TEI) and other companies,” he noted.
Los added: “And that’s why we’ve already reached a level where top managers can speak about potential cooperation on the industrialization of the AN-178 in Ukraine and Turkey.” Several potential cooperation fields exist between the two nations, not only the defense area, but also the commercial segment — such as passenger aircraft — he stressed.
The delegation also visited Turkey’s missile industry facilities, and was very impressed, the company’s CEO added.
“The An-178 aircraft with unique characteristics is a promising project for many international partners,” his statement added.
A report, published by Turkish broadcaster CNN Türk recently, said Turkey and Ukraine took the first formal step for the joint production of the Antonov aircraft leading to Antonov chairman Los visiting the country to hold talks.
“Steps for defense and joint production of Antonov aircraft were clarified during the meeting and another delegation from the company is expected next week,” the report said.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, in an earlier broadcast, told CNN Türk that now they “want to start more daring projects. Projects where Turkish and Ukrainian technologies are used together. These will be competitive projects in the global sense.”
Detailing the projects, he said they have made a proposal to Turkish partners regarding Ukraine’s world-renowned aircraft manufacturer, Antonov.
The Antonov An-178 is a short-range medium-airlift military transport aircraft, designed based on the Antonov An-158. The An-178 can also be used for firefighting, search and rescue missions, other than military transport missions. The aircraft can carry 99 soldiers, 80 paratroopers, or evacuate 70 sick and injured people.