Dowty Propellers has started component deliveries for propeller systems that will equip the demonstrator for Antonov's new AN-132 twin-engine transport aircraft.
Based on an agreement signed earlier this year, the twin-engine AN-132D will utilise Dowty Propellers' R408 propeller systems, which already are in widespread service worldwide. For the AN-132D's ground and test flights, Dowty Propellers is providing two R408 propeller systems for the Ukrainian aircraft manufacturer's demonstrator, along with a spare.
"We've established an excellent working relationship with Antonov since signing the R408 propeller system's supply agreement in January, and our teams are fully committed to making the AN-132D demonstrator a success," said Oliver Towers, the President of Dowty Propellers, who is attending this week's Farnborough International Airshow.
Dowty Propellers' support for the AN-132D program will include commissioning of the R408 propeller systems on the demonstrator aircraft, the rigging of strain gauges for its ground and flight testing, assistance during demonstration flights, along with intermediate-level training for Antonov personnel to provide full operational knowledge of the systems.
Dowty Propellers' R408 propeller system incorporates six all-composite blades with advanced swept design and optimized ARA-D/A airfoil sections. It provides excellent climb and cruise performance while generating low noise levels, and the system's modular configuration is designed for low maintenance costs - eliminating mechanical linkages to cockpit.
The AN-123D demonstrator is being developed by Antonov with participation from Saudi Arabia's King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST). This multi-purpose aircraft will be powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PW150A turboprop engines, which have already logged millions of flight hours with Dowty Propellers' R408 propeller system.
"For the AN-132 multipurpose transport program, Antonov Company and our partner from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have brought together world leaders in the aviation field, and we are proud to count Dowty Propellers as part of our team," stated Oleksandr Kotsiuba, President of the Antonov Company. "As a result, we are sure that the AN-132 will find a proper place in the market, and the AN-132D demonstrator is the first step on this path."