Antonov and its partners completed the modernization of transport aircraft An-124 Ruslan

Ukrainian producers are preparing for mass production of transport aircraft An-124 "Ruslan" and medium-haul cargo aircraft An-70.

This was during a press conference in Le Bourget, President — General Designer of "Antonov" Dmitry Kiva.  

It is reported that Ukrainian producers together with partners completed the modernization of the transport aircraft AN-124 "Ruslan" and prepare for its mass production. "It’s really remarkable aircraft, even though we do not present it here in Le Bourget. However, we complete work on its modernization and upgrading of the technical characteristics, as well as conduct preparatory work for its mass production, "- said Dmitry Kiva.

Head of "Antonov" did not give a specific date serial launch of the upgraded AN-124 "Ruslan". "The completion of the preparation of series production depend on the willingness of our Russian partner, as we plan to share the Ulyanovsk plant production capacity," — said Dmitry Kiva.

In his opinion, surpass specifications Ukrainian aircraft currently can not afford anyone. "An-124 — this is a truly unique car, the plane, which has a lifting capacity of 150 tons, the largest transport aircraft in the world, and will be a miracle if someone will soon surpass its specifications. Agree with it and our Russian partners," — he added.

In addition D. Kiva said that the batch of Ukrainian-Russian production of medium-range cargo aircraft An-70 will begin in two to three years.

"Ukraine has started to build the first aircraft An-70, we rolled out the first fuselage of the stocks, we have the state order of the aircraft and are continuing to work together with the Russian customer (Ministry of Defense), we complete the test. Remaining 70 flights. So I hope that in the next 2 -3, the plane will be commercially launched, "- he said.

Chief Designer of "Antonov" also said that the modernized An-70 received a new registration certificate.

Ukrainian An-70 was in the top five aircraft on demonstration flights which opened the 50th International Air Show in the Paris suburb of Le Bourget. As later stated by Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, the An-70 is far superior than its rival A400M.

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