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.
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