With the participation of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy, a Memorandum was signed between the Ministry of Defense and the State Enterprise "Antonov" on cooperation in the construction of aircraft for the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU).
At the first stage, we are talking about three new military transport aircraft An-178, which will receive the Armed Forces of Ukraine. They can be used to deliver personnel, weapons and light military equipment by landing and parachute methods, as well as to transport goods.
“These new aircraft will be built by Ukrainian citizens, from Ukrainian components, for Ukrainian interests. Actually, the way it should be, "Zelensky stressed before the document signing ceremony, which took place at the Antonov State Enterprise.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy noted that many international partners are showing significant interest in aircraft of the An family, in particular in military transport models.
The President of Ukraine also noted that in the future, such government orders should not be a sensation, but the norm. Therefore, in the near future he expects a full-fledged comprehensive plan from the management of the Antonov State Enterprise to restore and strengthen the personnel potential of the enterprise, return lost professionals and attract new specialists.
Recall that Vladimir Zelensky this spring promised a state order for the manufacture of passenger cars at the Kryukov Carriage Works in Kremenchug. However, as reported at the enterprise, they never received an order from Ukrzaliznytsia.