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"An-124 nears production revival"
by Howard Gethin
3 Jan 2014

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http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/an-124-nears-production-revival-394533/

Ukraine and Russia plan to restart production of the Antonov An-124 heavy transport as part of an economic co-operation agreement signed between Kiev and Moscow on 17 December, the Ukrainian government says.

“Ukraine and Russia are to restore series production of An-124 aircraft with Ukrainian engines. The total number to be built is 80 aircraft,” Ukrainian prime minister Mykola Azarov says. The revenue from the sale of the aircraft will be around $80 billion, he adds.

Azarov did not identify the intended customers for the aircraft, but says the deal “will allow us to take leading position in the international transport of bulky cargo for a few decades”.

Flightglobal's Ascend Online Fleets database records 31 An-124s in current active use with six operators, including Antonov Airlines and Volga-Dnepr Airlines.

The agreement made no mention of the troubled An-70 propfan tactical transport programme. The Russian air force last year complained to Antonov about the slow progress of the aircraft’s trials, and said it was preparing contingency plans for pulling out of the programme
 

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That's very, very good news for Antonov.
 

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This saga has lasted so long, with its up and down, chills and trills (c); i will believe it when they actually produce a number of planes.
 

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According to this German news report,
Antonov are very interested in building a successor for the An-124 Ruslan. But Antonov would have to start from the scratch, since a lot of their patents are still and only registered in Russia, as it was common in the USSR. And that's means a lot a money, training in new technology like laser-cutting, fiber-reinforced plastics . New partnerships with the aviation industry in other countries other than only with Russia are needed. One company in Russia has already canceled their partnership.


So it looks quite grim for Antonov. :( :( :(
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Maybe in a few years time we'll see AA Industries aircraft (for Airbus-Antonov)? ;D ;D ;D
 

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Stargazer said:
Maybe in a few years time we'll see AA Industries aircraft (for Airbus-Antonov)? ;D ;D ;D
I wouldn't be surprised to see Airbus purchased Antonov for access to cheap labour sites.
 
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