«The Ukrainian wings» flying around the whole world, said Poroshenko

© RIA Novosti / Press service of the President to Ukrainepreteen in Photobacterium of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko at the ceremony of rolling out a multi-purpose cargo aircraft an-132. Archival photo«The Ukrainian wings» flying around the whole world, said Poroshenko© RIA Novosti / Press service of the President to Ukrainepreteen the image Bank

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in greeting pilots with their professional holiday, said that the whole world is flying the «Ukrainian wings».

«Thanks to you the Ukrainian wings flying the whole world, and Ukraine is the proud title of aviation of the state», — he wrote in Facebook.

Prime Minister of Ukraine Vladimir Groisman, in turn, called the Ukrainian inventions «of the first model of Igor Sikorsky’s» modern aircraft giants «Ruslan» and «Maria». He noted that these aircraft are «separate iconic world heritage aviation».

It is better to focus on corn

Users of Twitter and Facebook did not fail to ridicule the statement Poroshenko. He reminded that Ukraine is the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer and was advised not to shame and «focus on corn».

Others have asked the question, does Ukraine have other reasons to be proud of except the Soviet legacy from which she is «so vehemently excuses».

Labour win

In December 2016 Poroshenko took part in the solemn presentation of cargo aircraft An-132D, built in the Ukrainian enterprise «Antonov» without the use of Russian components in the framework of a joint project with Saudi Arabia.

«I can’t not mention that today’s event is the result of not only hard work of the plant «Antonov» but dozens of Ukrainian enterprises, which today demonstrate effective cooperation. It is our joint labor victory,» — said the head of state.

He added that the plane designed and built in record time, a year and a half ahead of the expected testing and further improvement.

The decision to abolish the «Antonov» was made in 2016 due to the transfer of «Ukroboronprom» enterprises of Kharkov and Kiev aircraft factory (KSAMC and the Kiev civil aviation plant). Then the Ministry of Ukraine has explained the decision necessity to regulate the legal aspects of integration «Antonov» and «Ukroboronservis». It also announced plans to create on the basis of aviakontserna aircraft manufacturing cluster.

In the «Antonov» emphasized that the elimination of the concern does not mean the termination of the company, and the restructuring will allow «to make the Ukrainian aviation industry a single powerful mechanism, with a clear coordination of the development, will allow a deeper integration into the world market and to introduce international standards».

Meanwhile, in 2016 in Ukraine was not collected a single aircraft. As explained in October of last year the representative of the «Antonov» Andrey Khaustov, the reason lies in the termination of supply of Russian components: the available supply of parts for short-haul aircraft An-148 and An-158 ended in 2014.

Guide aviakontserna said that the program of import substitution of Russian components will be completed by the end of 2017, further details are to be purchased in Europe, USA and Canada.