Ukrainian national defence group Ukroboronprom, Turkish defence electronics group Havelsan, and Saudi Arabian technology venture Taqnia have concluded an agreement to work together on the creation of a maritime patrol and surveillance variant of the Antonov AN-132D aircraft.
The agreement between the three parties was signed at the IDEF 2017 exhibition in Istanbul on 10 May. It comes two years after Saudi Arabia agreed to procure two AN-132D aircraft for use in airborne electronic warfare roles and four for search and rescue operations.
The aircraft was developed as a westernised variant of the Antonov AN-32 ‘Cline’ transport aircraft featuring engines from Pratt & Whitney Canada, avionics form Honeywell, life-support systems from Germany’s Liebherr, propellers from Messier Bugatti Dowty (Safran Landing Systems), and auxiliary power units from Hamilton Sundstrand.
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