Russia and Ukraine are to adopt an intergovernmental programme for restarting serial production of the Antonov An-124 outsize freighter.
Ukrainian deputy prime minister Yuri Boiko, who is heading his nation's delegation at the MAKS air show in Moscow, says a joint working group has ironed out remaining differences and is putting finishing touches to the draft agreement.
"It will be submitted for co-signing by the two premiers at a session of the bilateral committee on economic co-operation in September-October," says Boiko. "To steer the An-124 programme, we'll establish a special joint venture on a parity basis."
Boiko says Antonov has completed modernisation work on the type, and vows that the aircraft's service life will be further extended. "Restarting An-124 production is crucially important," he says. "This would create high-skilled jobs and give impetus to both countries' economies."