: :inin Kyiv (EET)

NATO extends contract for use of Antonov aircraft


The NATO Support Agency has extended a contract with Ruslan SALIS GmbH for strategic transportation in the interests of NATO and EU countries until the end of 2016, the press service of the Antonov State Enterprise has reported.
“The customer’s decision is based on eight years of experience of effective work on the Antonov-124-100 Ruslan aircraft fleet under the SALIS (Strategic Airlift Interim Solution) program, 12 members of which are currently NATO countries: Belgium, Britain, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, France, the Czech Republic, and two partner countries: Finland and Sweden,” reads the report.
Ukraine’s Antonov Airlines and Russia’s Volga Dnepr are the major operators of the An-124-100 Ruslan aircraft, which has a cargo capacity of 150 tonnes. The two companies have ensured the provision of services under the SALIS program since 2006. In late 2005, the partners signed a three-year contract worth EUR 600 million to transport cargo for NATO and the EU.
The contract was prolonged for more two years in 2008, 2010 and 2012.
In accordance with the terms of the contract, two An-124-100 planes are permanently based in Germany, and four more aircraft can be provided to the customers at their request.

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