Antonov and Saudi Arabia have signed an agreement on starting An-132 cargo aircraft production in Saudi Arabia, Antonov reports in a press release dated 21 February. A manufacturing complex will be established in Saudi Arabia by Saudi company Taqnia Aeronautics, which will also provice support for other Antonov products.
The preliminary agreement between Antonov and Saudi Arabia about AN-132 production was already reported here at Airheadsfly.com last year. Also in 2015, Saudi Arabia closed a deal for 30 AN-178 military cargo aircraft for the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF).
The definitive agreement confirms the start up of AN-132 production in 2017 or 2018. The facility should also provide support for the Saudi AN−178s as well as AN-148 aircraft.
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Featured image: The AN-32 where the Saudi AN-132 will be based upon (Image © Antonov)