Multi-Role Transport Aircraft (MTA) Ukrainian Project
Antonov signed an agreement with Reliance Defence in April 2016 for joint production of their platforms in India, makes aircraft that can play both civil and military roles. The Indian company Reliance Defence Limited and Ukrainian State Enterprise Antonov on 27 April 2016, signed a memorandum of cooperation with the purpose of placing on the market of India of aircraft of different purposes on the basis of the AN-148 / AN-158.
The agreement was signed on the results of participation in the exhibition of arms Ukroboronprom and technology DefExpo-2016 in India, and the negotiation process with GP Spetstehnoeksport. Reliance Defence Limited, together with Antonov will participate in the tender of the Government of India for supply of aircraft. In case of winning the tender, which is scheduled for this summer, it plans to create a joint venture with the further localization of production in India.
There are two types of aircraft. In the first case India was talking about the An-178 type of aircraft. Indians are interested in at least 200 types of such aircraft. The other machine was the short runway and a turbofan engine, such as the AN-32.
The Indians easily calculated the consequences of the Russian-Ukrainian war and understand that from the inspired Multi-role Transport Aircraft, remained the best "balalaika and nesting dolls". For this reason, they invited the Ukrainian delegation. And then it turned out a complete coincidence of interests. India insisted that the electronics and other such things, produce and supply their side, and elements of the airframe and propulsion systems, manufactured in Ukraine. For this reason, no differences arose and no one no one else pressed. As a result, the two countries signed a contract to manufacture up to 500 aircraft, which replaced the mythical airplanes by the Ilyushin Design Bureau.
India already operated more than a hundred Ukrainian-made An-32 transport aircraft and agreed to extend the period of their operation. The IAF was working to extend the lifespan of the Antonov AN-32 transport aircraft fleet from 25 years to 40 years.
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