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Ukraine to build airplane factory in Saudi Arabia

Staff writer ▼ | June 18, 2015
Ukraine has signed a deal to construct an airplane factory in Saudi Arabia. The plant will use the latest technology to produce the new AN-132 light transport aircraft.
Cooperation   AN-132 light transport aircraft
The AN−132 will be the first aircraft produced at a new aviation complex in Saudi Arabia. The general purpose plane can carry 9 tons of cargo on short and medium routes.

Ukraine's state-run Antonov aircraft company will participate in the design and construction of the plant along with partners Taqnia of Saudi Arabia, the Ukrainian Scientific Research Institute of Aviation Technologies, Altis Holding of Ukraine, and Broetje−Automation of Germany, according to a statement on the Antonov website issued Wednesday. The agreement was signed at this year's Paris air show.

Ukrainian manufacturer Antonov and Saudi state-owned King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) agreed in April to produce a modernized version of Antonov's AN-32 military transport aircraft.