Monday, February 18, 2008

Ukraine, China, To Set Up Aerospace Design Centre

KIEV, Ukraine -- The Ukrainian aerospace manufacturer Antonov and the Chinese Aviation Industry Corporation are in the final stages of setting up a joint aircraft design bureau, the Interfax news agency reported on Monday.

Antonov An-225 Mriya cargo plane

The aviation-engineering centre will be located in Beijing, China. Once operational it will become Antonov's third major international cooperation programme, along with Russia and Iran.

Antonov is a world leader in heavy cargo aircraft design and manufacture.

The firm also produces medium and light aircraft, and during the Soviet era built the world's current largest cargo plane the An-225 Mriya.

The branch of the Chinese Aviation Industry Corporation participating in the project, generally known as AVIC-II, produces the small passenger airliner Harbin Y-12, medium-range transport aircraft, and helicopters.

The Chinese-Ukrainian centre's first priority will be continuing a modernization programme for China's 4-engine turboprop Y8F400, a licensed version of the venerable An-12 first produced by Antonov for the Soviet Union in the late 1950s, company spokesman said.

Source: The Earth Times

2 comments:

Joseph said...

Congratulation Antonov for setting-up a design office outside Beijing. As Airbus and Boeing know that in the next 20 - 30 years, China is singularly the largest market for transport planes. Of course, China hope to develop her own aircraft herself and share part of her own pie. Antonov should not be left out of this race.

Joseph said...

Congratulation Antonov for setting-up a design office outside Beijing. As Airbus and Boeing know that in the next 20 - 30 years, China is singularly the largest market for transport planes. Of course, China hope to develop her own aircraft herself and share part of her own pie. Antonov should not be left out of this race.