Antonov and the Government of Quebec are preparing to crystallize a deal with Ministry of Strategic Industries of Ukraine and state-owned Ukroboronprom on the production of An-74TK-200 aircraft in Quebec for international markets.
The announcement came through the official website of the Canadian company Capital Hill Group (CHG).
Primary responsibility of Antonov and Antonov-Canada is to organize and establish the work of the design bureau for research and development, preliminary processing and testing, on the basis of which a model aircraft is manufactured for flight tests.
The upcoming model of the aircraft will be equipped with the latest of aviation technologies such as a “glass cabin."
The final assembly of the model will be organized at production facilities in Ukraine and Canada.
The ongoing design stage of the modifications aim to obtaining a compliance with Canadian Aviation Authority's certification criteria. This modernization also alleviates dependence on components manufactured in Russia which don’t meet modern requirements.
The An-74TK-200 aircraft is designed to carry 52 passengers, cargo weighing up to 10 tons, as well as mixed passenger and cargo transportation on international short and medium distance air routes. The maximum take-off weight of the aircraft is 36.5 tons, the maximum flight altitude is 10100 m, the cruising speed is 600-700 km / h, the flight range with a payload of 10 tons is 950 km, at a load of 1.8 tons it is 4250 km. The crew consists of two people.
The aircraft can be used in particularly harsh operating conditions such as arctic or alpine, temporary, natural, limited runways with minimal or no technical support infrastructure.
A disadvantage of main model AN-74TK-200 was the usage of Russian-made components which Ukroboronprom claims does not meet modern requirements.
On June 1, the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) and the State Concern Ukroboronprom signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in strategic security, defense, aerospace and ammunition production.
In addition, within the framework of the Memorandum, the State Concern Ukroboronprom, the State Joint-Stock Holding Company Artem and the Canadian company GL Munitions Inc. signed an agreement on cooperation in the production of ammunition for small arms.