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ABU-DHABI, May 7. /TASS/. Saudi Arabia has set up an alliance with Ukraine to design and build a twin-engine transport aircraft, Turki Bin Saud Bin Mohammad Al Saud, Vice-President of the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) said on Thursday.
The relevant agreement was signed between the Saudi Council of Economic and Development Affairs and Ukraine’s Antonov company, he said.
The financial component of the deal between Saudi Arabia and the Ukrainian company remains a commercial secret.
The future plane will be an upgraded version of the An-32 aircraft and will carry the name of An-132.
Saudi Arabia will obtain the rights for all the enhancements which will be used in the design of the new aircraft.
Saudi Arabia plans to use An-132 as a civil airliner on domestic flights and also as a military transportation aircraft.
The first test flights of the new airliner An-132 are expected to take place in 18 months, Turki Bin Saud said.