GP Antonov has agreed with the Chinese Airspace Industry Corporation of China (AICC) on completion of the second An-225 Mriya and the financing of the construction of the party An-178. This was reported to the correspondent ЛІГА.net the President of SE Antonov Oleksandr Kotsyuba.
“There is an agreement that provides for further cooperation (with Airspace Industry Corporation of China – ed.). Separate contracts will then be signed. We reaffirm the intention to complete the second Mriya, upgrade it and sell it to China,” said Kotsyuba.
“We are talking about the glider, which is on the plant “dead weight”. The Chinese invest their money. We build modern aircraft on the basis of Mriya,” said Kotsyuba without specifying the timing of signing the contract.
He added that “no question of any transfer of property rights, technologies, or selling the current flying Mriya.
Also, according to Kozuby, with representatives of the AICC discussed the expansion of cooperation on the project of the An-178. “They are in parallel with the project of An-225 has pledged to advance the production of aircraft An-178. It would run a parallel project. Transport is a big Corporation and they need these aircraft for use in its transportation hubs,” said Antonov. According to him, we are talking about signed last year a Memorandum on the production of 25 aircraft An-178.
As reported the press service of the Antonov company signed the agreement envisages in the first stage, building a second updated copy of the An-225 in Ukraine and the supply of the company’s AICC. At the second stage – the establishment of joint serial production of An-225 in China under license from Antonov. Both stages will be implemented under the terms of individual contracts, said Antonov.
The second copy of the plane ready by 60-70%. Since the Soviet times remained the center section, fuselage and wing. The aircraft was planned to finish at the factory Antonov, the availability of funding.
In the photo an unfinished copy of the An-225 Mriya
Earlier today, citing Chinese media reported that China plans to produce the world’s largest transport aircraft An-225 Mriya. It was noted that the alleged agreement involves the use of drawings and specifications of the aircraft, and that the Chinese company transferred ownership of the aircraft An-225.
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In an interview ЛІГА.net Kotsyuba said that China is interested in the Mriya project. “Mriya is interesting not only as a unique commercial carrier. This plane will decorate the image of any country. But for one company, such amounts are prohibitively high. We see it as some kind of interstate project. There is some interest from China. For this amount it is lifting,” said he.
An-225 Mriya is the largest and most powerful in the world transport aircraft created by the Kiev Design Bureau named after Antonov in the late 80-ies of the last century. In November 2004, the international Federation of Aeronautics made it into the Guinness Book of records for 240 records.
My first flight of the An-225 was made in 1988, and since 1989 it is in operation.