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 Antonov plant presents new An-132 air carrier. PHOTOS

Antonov State Enterprise has unveiled the first engineering development model of the new An-132 air carrier.

As reported by Censor.NET citing UNIAN, the presentation of the plane was attended by President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov, leaderships of Ukroboronprom SE and Antonov SE, a member of the Ukroboronprom Concern. Representatives from the Saudi Arabia that ordered the carrier and partnered for its construction were also present.

Poroshenko estimated the global need in these air carriers to grow to 260 units by 2035.

See more: Assembly of first AN-132 almost complete: official release planned for December, - Ukroboronprom CEO Romanov. PHOTOS

"A few countries can celebrate such event as launching a new model of a plane," the head of state said.

Antonov SE plans to send the first An-132 plane to the customer, Saudi Arabia, in the first quarter of 2017.

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