Ukraine has provided the supply to Iraq of the second of the six light transport An-32, which are collected in Kiev under a contract of more than $ 550 million to supply the Iraqi employer Ukrainian military equipment.
AN-32 departed from Kiev on Tuesday morning from the airport "Hostomel" (Kyiv region) and is scheduled to arrive at the international airport "Baghdad" tonight. The first An-32 was delivered to the customer in November. The transfer of four aircraft, according to the state-owned company "Ukrspecexport", scheduled in 2012: two aircraft planned to be delivered at the beginning of the year, two more — in the second half of the year.
Who took part in the ceremony of transfer of aircraft to the Iraqi side the head of state concern "Ukroboronprom" Dmitry Salamatin noted the positive development of cooperation with Iraq in the framework of realization of the scale of the contract, and expressed his confidence in the successful implementation of the Ukrainian side.
In 2009, a subsidiary of state-owned companies’ Ukrspecexport ‘-‘ state-run specialized foreign trade company "Progress" has signed a contract with Iraq worth more than $ 550 million, which is supposed to be one of the upcoming series of agreements in the field of military-technical cooperation between Ukraine and Iraq.
The contract includes delivery within 3-3.5 years, more than 400 armored vehicles, in particular the BTR-4, 6 light transport aircraft An-32, as well as carrying out repair services of aircraft.
Among the major artists of the contract are the Kharkiv Machine Building Design Bureau named after Morozov (KMDB), Kharkiv engine design bureau (HKBD) state enterprise "Malyshev Plant" (Kharkov), "Antonov" (Kiev).
The first batch of armored vehicles in the 26-car BTR-4, 2-car maintenance and repair, 2 simulators for training crews of armored vehicles supplied Iraqi employer this spring. Transfer to the customer in the second batch of 32 armored personnel carriers BTR-4 is expected in January 2012.