Antonov State Company ordered two PW150A engines by Canadian manufacturer Pratt&Whitney Canada for installation on the An-132D prototype, Antonov’s press service reported. The power units are to be delivered to Ukraine on April 2016, the first flight of the prototype planned at the end of the next year.
Under the agreement between Antonov and Taqnia of Saudi Arabia, the Ukrainian enterprise will provide designing of the aircraft, while its assembly is to be performed at a new plant in Saudi Arabia.
An-132 is an upgraded version of the An-32 plane with new engines, able to be used on sand airfields.
During the creation of An-132, changes will be made in the nose of the fuselage, centre wing section and nacelle of An-32. After such upgrade, the plane will be able to transport up to 9.2 tons at speed 500 km/hour.