The Government of Quebec supports the efforts of the aerospace industry in Quebec and supports the negotiations currently underway between the Ministry of Strategic Industries of Ukraine, State Concern Ukroboronprom, and its agencies for the eventual possibility of producing the AN-74TK-200 aircraft in Quebec for the North American and international markets. The company “Antonov-Canada” was established to promote aircraft developed and manufactured by SE “Antonov” on the international market. This aircraft offers interesting possibilities for a variety of customers.
The company plans to maximize the production of the particularly assemblies of the aircraft from industrial enterprises in Canada and Ukraine. Consideration has been given in the design phase for the modified version of the aircraft to be in compliance with the criteria for certification required by Transport Canada. The most promising model for the realization of this ambitious goal is the AN-74TK-200 model of the aircraft, developed by the Antonov Design Bureau, which was mass-produced at the Kharkiv State Aircraft Manufacturing Company.
The Antonov An-74 (NATO reporting name: Coaler) is an Ukrainian transport aircraft developed by Antonov. It is a variant of the An-72. The An-72 and An-74 get their nickname, Cheburashka, from the large engine intake ducts, which resemble the oversized ears of the popular Soviet animated character of the same name. The An-74TK-200 aircraft is designed to carry 52 passengers, cargo up to 10 tons, and mixed passengers and cargo transportation on international air routes of short and medium length.
Although there are advantages, the basic AN-74TK-200 model has a number of disadvantages that constrain or make impossible to meet market demand.The primary task for the company SE “Antonov” and “Antonov-Canada” is to organize cooperation and establish the work of the design bureau for research and development, exploration, and testing, on the basis of which a model aircraft will be manufactured for flight tests. The final model assembly will be organized at production facilities in Ukraine and Canada.