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FARNBOROUGH: Dowty to propel An-132 demonstrator

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Antonov has selected Dowty to supply propellers for the An-132 transport which the Ukrainian airframer is developing together with Saudi Arabia.

UK-based Dowty has disclosed that it signed in January a contract with Antonov to supply six-blade composite propellers for the demonstrator twin-turboprop, which will be powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PW150A engines.

The R408 propeller system features airfoils with an "advanced swept design" and is also installed on the Bombardier Q400, the GE subsidiary adds.

In addition to supplying propellers, Dowty will fit the equipment with strain gauges for ground and flight testing, and assist Antonov during the programme with further support, such as training.

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