Ukraine extends aircraft maintenance and overhaul offer

More recently, the aviation industry has indicated signs of recovery with considerable growing demand forecast over the next decade in regions such as the Asia-Pacific and Middle East. In these regions, to operate a large number of aircraft produced in Ukraine and the countries of the former Soviet Union. Now Ukraine expands aircraft maintenance and repair offering in anticipation of probable contracts.

Commercial and military aircraft maintenance and repair is an essential requirement to safely transport passengers, troops or cargo. In Ukraine, the major role in the aircraft maintenance and repair plays the state enterprise «PLANT 410 of Civil Aviation» (SE PLANT 410 CA).

The SE PLANT 410 CA, which is a part of Ukrainian defence industry concern UkrOboronProm, is one of the leading enterprises of aviation cluster of Ukraine, specializing in heavy airframe maintenance and modification services and component maintenance, repair, and overhaul services for commercial and regional aircraft.

SE PLANT 410. Photo by Dylan Malyasov

The SE PLANT 410 CA as of today, executed overhaul more than six thousand aircraft and forty thousand the aviation engines. The enterprise occupies an area of over 236,000 square meters adjacent to the Kyiv International Airport (Zhuliany). Production area is equipped with all the necessary technological tools, tooling and equipment and makes up for more than 170,000 square meters, where overhaul.

The SE PLANT 410 CA represents the powerful aircraft-repair enterprise, that can carries out a full work cycle of overhaul of aircraft An-24,-26,-30,-32 and aviation engines D-36 of a series 1, 1А, 2А, for aircraft Yak-42, An-72,-74, repair of units of aviation technique, and also the works connected with restoration of aviation details.

SE PLANT 410. Photo by Dylan Malyasov

On performance of works on overhaul, modernization, re-equipment and maintenance service of aircraft such as “Antonov”, the plant has certificates of interstate aviation committee, Ukrainian national aviation authorities, the certificate of conformity of the Russian aviation authorities. The system of quality of the plant is certificated under the international standards of series ISO, and also airspace complex AS / EN. Taking into account, that works on repair of military planes performed, the factory has the certificate of the standard of the NATO – AQAP 2120, and also the license of the Ministry of industrial policy for repairing of military aviation technique.

SE PLANT 410. Photo by Dylan Malyasov

One of the directions of development is the realization of the program maintenance and repair of Soviet-made helicopters. The enterprise conducts restore after overhaul, re-motorization, and modernization of Mil Mi-8 medium twin-turbine helicopters, for use in a national economy and Ukrainian Defence Forces. Realization of the project carried out together with joint-stock company “Motor Sich”.

The SE PLANT 410 CA has also successfully completed MI-8MSB helicopter overhaul and upgrade having fitted it with a Motor-Sich-made advanced TV3-117VMA-SBM1 engine, avionics, Air Ambulance Technology-made intensive care units. The retrofit helicopter was handed over to the Customer on 11.08.2016.

Currently, other three Mi-8T helicopters are undergoing overhaul and upgrade.

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The Armed Forces of Ukraine, the National Guard and Border Guard also act as clients of the SE PLANT 410 CA enterprise. In 2016 enterprise specialists repaired 6 aircraft, according to aircraft equipment overhaul and modernization schedule, that was reported by UkrOboronProm.

During repair each vehicle was completely dismantled and all components and devices were repaired/replaced by new ones. In addition, these aircraft also have new modern digital navigation and communication systems.

The SE Plant 410 CA is a leading enterprise in Ukraine, providing overhaul of D-36 engines, installed on military transport aircraft An-72, in service with the National Guard of Ukraine and Border Guard. In addition, the same engines are installed on An-74 and Yak-42 aircraft, operated in many countries.

SE PLANT 410 CA Photo by Dylan Malyasov

The collective of a factory makes huge efforts on preparation for certification on norms and rules of the European organization on safety in aircraft EASA (PART-145, PART-147, PART-66, PART-M). It will allow to diversify the work not only on technique such as Antonov, but also to carry out maintenance service of planes of foreign manufacture. The enterprise already has such customers. For today maintenance service more than 15 airliners Boeing-737 is carried out. On the areas of a factory planes MD-80,-82,-83 are served. Also, plant fruitfully works with business aircraft.

SE PLANT 410 CA Photo by Dylan Malyasov

This and the active efforts of the foreign economic activity of the plant, the enterprise consistently receives new orders for aircraft repair and modernization not only from domestic customers, but also firmly entrenched in the international market, which provides foreign exchange earnings to the state. The main foreign clients of the SE PLANT 410 CA is the Republic of India, Republic of Kazakhstan, the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Hungary and other countries. Over the past two years, exports to foreign countries increased by 2 times, from UAH 168.4 million UAH in 2014 up to 345.3 million UAH in 2016.

Source: defence-blog.com

Ukraine and Turkey to Collaborate on UAV Development

Ukraine and Turkey are preparing expansion of defense cooperation. The sides seek to establish cooperate in creation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), including unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAV), the press service of the Ukroboronprom State Concern has reported.

At the 13th International Defense Industry Fair IDEF 2017 held in Istanbul on May 9 through May 12 Antonov State Enterprise (Kyiv) and Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) signed a memorandum of cooperation to design and manufacture various types of UAV, including UCAV, for the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The new agreements have been signed with participation of Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) Oleksandr Turchynov. TAI is a Turkish technological center for designing, manufacturing, integration, modernization and life cycle support of integrated aerospace systems.

Antonov state enterprise is the leading Ukrainian developer and manufacturer of aircraft, the recognized world’s leader in the niche of transport aircraft for wide purposes. The company cooperates with 76 countries. According to the government decision, Antonov has been part of Ukroboronprom state concern since April 2015.

Antonov is working on the creation of multifunctional operative and tactical unmanned aircraft system Horlytsia, which flight range is more than 1,000 km long. The delivery of new unmanned vehicles to the Armed Forces of Ukraine could start in 2018 if the financing is provided.

Source: open4business.com.ua

First Ukrainian AN-132 Aircraft With No Russian Components Makes Flight

Ukrainian Antonov AN-132D, the first aircraft with no Russian components performed its first flight last week.

The aircraft created by Ukroboronprom’s Antonov has been developed by cooperation between Ukraine and international aerospace firms that includes partners from USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France and other countries – Honeywell, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Liebherr-Aerospace Toulouse SAS, Dowty Propellers, the company said in a statement.

The program was launched in May 2015 and today the aircraft hit the sky. Decision on implementation of An-132 program was based on the request of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia organizations, as well as aircraft operators. An-132D construction is the first stage of the program of creating light multipurpose aircraft of new generation AN-132.

An-132 is designed for short distance and medium-range routes, it will perform a wide range of tasks on transportation; different cargo cabin configurations are available. The aircraft will have a cruising speed of 500 km / h and a maximum cruise altitude up to 9000 m with a maximum payload up to 9.2 tons. In future, a whole family of different purpose aircraft will be developed on the basis of An-132.

An-132 also became the first aircraft, produced by the UOP Aircraft cluster that was created in 2016 as part of the reform strategy of Ukraine’s defense industry. Production and logistic algorithms – used by UKROBORONPROM while working on An-132 – will be used in other clusters.

Aircraft cluster allows Ukrainian aviation industry to operate as integrated, coordinated mechanisms with clear development to deeper integrate into the world market and international standards implementation.

Source: defenseworld.net

LIMA 2017: Ukraine looks to boost presence in Thailand and Malaysian

Ukraine’s state-owned defence holding company Ukroboronprom is looking to boost its presence in the Malaysian and Thai defence markets through government-level commitments to support the growth of the two Southeast Asian country’s respective defence industries.

Ukraine and Malaysia proposed a joint commission on military technical co-operation in late 2016, Pavlo Bukin, the CEO of Ukrspecexport – Ukraine’s military import/export body, confirmed to Jane’s at the 2017 Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) exhibition in Malaysia on 21 March.

Although the commission is yet to be formally established, the forum is intended to facilitate industrial collaboration between the two sides based on Ukrainian defence sales to Malaysia followed by technology transfers and potential localised production, he said. Potential programmes include Ukrainian sales of multipurpose patrol craft and a maritime patrol version of the Antonov An-148 aircraft.

He added that the committee is supported by government officials at the highest levels. “When the president of Ukraine [Petro Poroshenko] attended a state visit to Malaysia [in August 2016] we discussed prospects for collaboration on several platforms,” he said. “We are continuing in discussions but we don’t yet have any contracts. The competition is very fierce here.”

In Thailand, Ukrspecexport is moving closer to securing an agreement with the Royal Thai Army (RTA) to establish a local facility to build and support Ukrainian military vehicles including the 8×8 BTR-3E1 armoured personnel carrier (APC), confirmed Bukin.

The facility would build vehicles to meet RTA requirements and export to regional customers. It would also provide support for the BTR-3E1s already in operation by the RTA. The RTA ordered in 2008 and 2011 more than 220 BTR-3E1s. Bukin confirmed that deliveries of all these BTR-3E1s were completed in 2016, and that Ukrspecexport is also bidding for a contract in Thailand to supply its BTR-4 8×8 APC.

In addition, Ukrspecexport sees opportunities to expand sales to Thailand of Ukraine’s BM Oplot main battle tanks.

Source: janes.com