Ukraine wants to build planes together with Turkey – Ambassador

Украина хочет строить самолеты вместе с Турцией - посол

Ukraine is ready to cooperate with Turkey in the field of aviation, in particular in the production of military transport aircraft An-188.

In an interview with the newspaper Milliyet said Ambassador extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Republic of Turkey Andrey Sibiga.

“We want to start with Turkey joint production of the aircraft, in particular An-188 “Antonov”. Two years ago we exhibited one of the largest cargo aircraft in the world Antonov An-124 “Ruslan”. However, it may cause great surprise to the audience participation at Airshow in Turkey’s largest cargo aircraft An-224 “Mriya”. The negotiations on this issue continue,” the diplomat said.

According to him, Ukraine is also exploring the achievements of Turkish defence industry in the production of avionics systems and is considering the possibility of replacing Russian systems on the aircraft “Antonov” and Turkish counterparts.

“We commend the ASELSAN avionics system. In this project the experience of Turkey in the field of avionics attracts the attention of Ukraine”, – stressed the head of Ukrainian diplomatic mission.

He also noted that cooperation of Ukraine and Turkey in the defense sector has reached a strategic level, and joint projects for the production of aircraft will open up broad prospects in the global market.

As you know, in may this year during the international exhibition IDEF‘19 in Istanbul, the state enterprise “Spetstechnoexport” signed a series of contracts with the Turkish company Aselsan on the supply of military goods for the needs of the armed forces and other security units.

An-188 – Ukrainian project promising multipurpose military transport aircraft short takeoff and landing, announced at the 51st International Paris air show in Le Bourget 2015. At its core is a modification of the An-70 with four turbojet engines of production of JSC “Motor Sich” – D-436-148ФМ or the latest AI-28 is a turbofan D-27. Purpose plane occupies a niche between the medium-size transport aircraft C-130J-30 and a heavy C-17A. Technical specifications allow operation on unpaved runways with a length of 915 m (3000 ft).