The Interior Ministry considers the possibility of the purchase of the Ukrainian aircraft for the needs of the National Guard and Emergency Service, as 112 Ukraine reported citing Arsen Avakov, the Interior Minister of Ukraine.
“We discuss the idea with “Ukroboronprom” (association of multi-product enterprises in various sectors of the defense industry of Ukraine, - Ed.) that the Interior Ministry would implement the program of the purchasing a great pool of the Ukrainian aircraft, including An-72, An-32P, and the most modern An-178, which are not put in the batch production yet,” Avakov said.
According to him, the program would last for the next five years.
“We want to purchase two vehicles from Kharkiv Aviation Plant. We consider the issue of signing the proper documents for this equipment in the next 1,5-2 months; we plan to begin financing of this program in spring. We say that it is preliminary information,” the minister noted.
According to him, An-74 and TK-200 are the first two planes and each of them will cost $30 million.
Avakov emphasized: “We understand that there is a shortfall of the planes for the forces of the National Guard and the Emergency Service.”
“It is supposed that An-74 will serve for the National Guard, while An-178 and An-32P will serve for the Emergency Service. The issue is about ten An-178 plane. Then the issue is about two An-72 planes, one An-32P, and about ten new An-178,” he noted.
As we reported, 15 helicopter bases and service center for the French Airbus Helicopters in the amount of 55 items will start working in Ukraine soon.
Earlier we reported that Ukraine and France have signed a contract to purchase 55 Airbus Helicopters for the State Emergency Service’s needs. The agreement was signed between Hennadii Balla, the Head of Khoriv-Avia, the Ukrainian Aviation enterprise and Bruno Even, the Chief Executive Officer of Airbus Helicopter in the Cabinet of Ministers today.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko noted that some of this aircraft could go for the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.