Ukraine possesses enough high-tech solutions and the potential to revive the aviation industry in the country. This was stated by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman during a conversation with journalists at the Antonov state enterprise.
"Not every country in the world can build aircrafts. Ukraine has such technological solutions, has everything to ensure complete production cycle, "from scratch" to build planes, which are sold all over the world," he said.
"Today we have all conditions for the revival of the aircraft industry in Ukraine. I would prefer that among the symbols of Ukraine there was a Ukrainian plane of very high quality," stressed Volodymyr Groysman.
The Head of Government accentuated that the current agenda includes an objective to develop the opportunities for Ukraine to enhance aircraft building. In particular, it is crucial to find financial support and “to send up in the sky the Ukrainian aircraft", as well as to help the Antonov company improve the performance.
He noted that earlier the development of the Antonov state enterprise had been hindered, while other aircraft manufacturers had been evolving in this segment, including companies from Russia. According to him, the aircrafts the company produces have high operation and design characteristics, as well as comfort and reliability. "The most important thing is that it is an advanced product, which Ukraine owns today. These aircrafts are no worse than the analogs of global manufacturers", highlighted Volodymyr Groysman.
The Prime Minister noted that the Government is working on restructuring of debts of the enterprise. In addition, the state finances certain orders fulfilled by the company for the country. "The idea is as follows - to find the resource, to provide opportunity to produce planes, these planes should be operated by Ukraine’s airlines. We have the state-owned company ‘Ukraine’, there are private companies. We will have a chance to sell airplanes, when we fly them ourselves. Our current goal is to launch serial manufacture of planes", he stressed.
The Prime Minister highlighted that the aircraft building sector is very important in the context of the development of the national economy, as it triggers new jobs.
Volodymyr Groysman singled out the need to replace components for the Antonov company, that had been produced in Russia, and noted that it is possible to ensure 100% localization of the manufacturing process. "We have opportunities today to buy components not from Russia, but from other countries instead. It’s no problem," he said.
Also, it is viewed as efficient a program of import substitution of components, as "Ukraine can produce a lot of things on its own," said Volodymyr Groysman.
On Tuesday, the Prime Minister visited the state enterprise ‘Antonov’, where he got familiarized with the process of production of aircraft An-148/158 and examined the Antonov An-132. He also got acquainted with the work of the Full Flight Simulator (FFS) for An-148 used for training crew members.