On December 17, 2015, Antonov and Taqnia Aeronautics, from Saudi Arabia, signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the delivery of 30 multipurpose AN−178 aircraft to the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF).
Retired Major General Ali Mohammed Al−Ghamdi, President of Taqnia Aeronautics, said:
“Signing this Memorandum is the next significant step in the development of our cooperation. We choose the AN−178 taking into consideration the good characteristics of this aircraft. Its price and low operational costs are important advantages of this aircraft in comparison with other airplanes of its class. Besides, we will carry out a joint marketing of the AN−178 in other Middle East countries. In the future we plan cooperative production of this aircraft”.
Oleksandr Kotsiuba, First Vice President of Antonov, said:
“This event confirms the mutual aspiration of Ukraine and Saudi Arabia in developing an strategic partnership in the field of aircraft industry. Signing of this Memorandum confirms that the AN−178 is a modern, reliable and effective airplane, demanded by many customers. We are obliged to our partners and ready to fulfill our obligations in accordance with the signed agreements”.