ANTONOV, UKROBORONPROM and Aerospace Industry Corporation of China (AICC) have signed a long-term co-operation agreement on the An-225 Mriya heavy transport aircraft programme.
The agreement, signed on August 30, will initially involve completion of the second An-225, which has been stored by Antonov in its Kiev factory, unfinished, for many years. It will then be delivered to AICC.
In the second stage of the joint effort, series production of the An-225 will be undertaken in China, under licence from Antonov. AICC is planning two production sites for the type, one in Luzhou, Sichuan Porvince, and the other in Guigang, 185 miles (300km) west of Guangzhou. Formal contracts will be signed to cover both stages of the new joint programme. The first aircraft could come off the Chinese production line in early 2019.