Antonov has completed the AN−26 transport aircraft’s first phase of modernization for delivery to the Ukraine's Ministry of Defense.
It is first aircraft from 14 ones to be delivered for operations in the zone of antiterrorist actions, the company announced Tuesday. In particular, the AN−26 is protected from fire by portable anti−aircraft−missile containers with decoys for missiles disorientation.
This special equipment is produced on Artem SJSH . In future it can be installed directly in field conditions. Besides, the aircraft has a strengthen fuselage and necessary electric wiring. All works were performed at the Antonov’s expense. Documentation on the AN−26 delivery for performance of operations in the ATO zone has already been developed.
“We considerably increased rates of works, connected with ATO. At present, more than 20 Antonov aircraft, restored with participation of our enterprise, are being operated in Donbas. Carrying out a task of President of Ukraine, we will also work out the issues of production of unmanned and battle aircraft,” said Mykhaylo Gvozdov, the leader of Antonov.
It’s not only the field of aircraft building that the enterprise works in for ATO. Here ovens for Ukrainian army were produced, equipment and uniform were also purchased.
Mykhaylo Gvozdov, new leader of the enterprise, plans to maximally regulate its effective work and to return the aviation branch of Ukraine to the main world positions.