China and Ukraine to jointly produce An-255
The largest aircraft Antonov AN-225 Mriya program will be resumed as Antonov and Aerospace Industry Corporation of China (AICC) signed a cooperation agreement for joint development of the aircraft.
Both parties expressed their intentions for long−term cooperation. The first stage of this interaction consists in the construction of the second modernized AN−225 Mriya by Antonov Company and the delivery of this aircraft to AICC.
The second stage of the agreement will be the organization of the joint production of the AN−225 Mriya in China under the license of Antonov Company.
Until this day, only one AN-225 Mriya was produced; entered service in 1988. AN-225 Mriya holds various world records of which one of them is the record for heaviest cargo. Mriya is designed to carry a maximum cargo of 200 ton for almost 2,500 miles of flight.
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