Russia and Ukraine are suspected to have secret talks on cooperation

Russia and Ukraine are negotiating on the aircraft An-124–100 “Ruslan”. On Friday, November 3, writes “Kommersant” with reference to sources.

The Russian cargo airline “Volga-Dnepr” and the Ukrainian state enterprise “Antonov” agreed to extend the airworthiness of the aircraft, but the decision was postponed because of political disputes between Moscow and Kiev. “While there is an understanding about the cost of services and place of work: brigade of the Ukrainian enterprise will take care of them at the plant “Aviastar-SP” in Ulyanovsk”, — said the interlocutor of the edition.

In the Park of the company “Volga-Dnepr” 12 “Ruslan”. Certificate holder on them, “Antonov”. To prolong life of aircraft are required every four thousand flight hours, although the resource is assigned is 50 thousand hours 10 thousand flights and 45 calendar years.

After the annexation of Crimea to Russia aviation cooperation between the countries ceased. “Antonov” by order of the government of Ukraine came from the Ukrainian-Russian joint venture “UAC — Antonov” in 2015.

Antonov was established in 2005 to combine existing since 1989, the same state-owned enterprises with the production cooperation of the Kyiv Antonov design Bureau. The company has created An-124 “Ruslan” and An-225 “Mriya”.

An-124 “Ruslan” is a long range heavy military transport aircraft with a load capacity up to 120 tons. The first flight was made in 1982, the series was produced in Ulyanovsk between 1984 and 2004. Just released 55 machines, of which the disposal of the Russian air force is 26 (in flying condition — about 10). 24 cars are owned by commercial airlines, including Russian “Volga-Dnepr” and Ukrainian “Antonov Airlines”.