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Kazakhstan eyes Ukraine's An's

Ukraine also offered a new helicopter engine to Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan eyes Ukraine's An's
An-148
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Kazakhstan took interest in Ukrainian passenger aircraft An-148 and An-158, as well as the services for air transportation of extra-heavy and large-sized cargoes, Vice Prime Minister Henadiy Zubko said on 16 June as quoted by the website of the Cabinet.

Zubko said Ukraine also offered Kazakhstan a new helicopter engine TV3–117VMA-SBM1V, as well as the possibility of overhauling the engines of the D-36 family and the TV3–117 engines.

"SC Ukrspetsexport and LLC Kazakhstan Aviation Industry agreed to establish a service center for maintenance of Antonov aircraft on the basis of the Aviation and Technical Center in Astana. We plan to finalize a cooperation agreement between [Ukrainian] Cabinet of Ministers and the Government of Kazakhstan on production cooperation in the aircraft industry and prepare it for signing," the official said.

Zubko also said look into the prospects for joint exploration and use of outer space.

"We agreed to support cooperation within the framework of the Ukrainian-Kazakh working group on the creation of a space-based missile system based on a light-duty launch rocket," he said.

Ukraine and Kazakhstan will strengthen cooperation in the design, construction and equipment of ships and boats. Ukraine is also ready to offer a concept and supply equipment for the protection of the sealine of Kazakhstan.

Over the past seven years, Antonov has built 16 serial planes – six Ан-32, three Ан-148 and six Ан-158.

In early 2015, President Petro Poroshenko chose An-148 as his Airforce One aircraft