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Pilots get onboard of AN-132D for its first flight at the Kyiv-Svyatoshyn aerodrome in Kyiv on March 31.
Photo by Anastasia Vlasova

Ukrainian aircraft building company Antonov presented a new multipurpose transport plane AN-132D. The aircraft made a demonstration flight in Kyiv on March 31.

The new AN-132D can make short and medium-haul flights and transport up to 9.2 tons of cargo.

It is a joint development of Antonov and Taqnia Aeronautics Company from Saudi Arabia. The project was first presented at SITDEF exhibition in May 2015.

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This aircraft is a perfect example of what Ukraine is good at and can capitalize on. The aircraft uses Pratt & Whitney Canada P&W 150 A turboprop engines and Dowty six bladed propellers both items top notch items that any potential buyer will approve of.

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