Antonov in crisis: Kiev liquidates its aviation industry

Many problems have long been known about the problems of the Ukrainian aviation industry. For years, the Antonov enterprise has not been able to get out of the systemic crisis aggravated by the severance of industrial ties with Russia. But now, it seems, “Antonov” really is “everything” ...

A powerful state enterprise was created by the forces of a huge power, the USSR. The track record of Antonov is impressive. Among his designs are the famous An-2 “corn carrier”, the An-12 military transport aircraft that continues to fly to this day, the winged giants An-22 Antey, An-124 Ruslan and An-225 Mriya. An aviation enterprise was born in Novosibirsk, but after it was transferred to Kiev. As it turned out later, the decision turned out to be fatal to him, since the “Antonov” after the collapse of the Soviet Union went to the “independent”.

Problems began long before the Maidan, but after 2014 the fate of the company was a foregone conclusion. Production practically stopped; documentation for aircraft began to be sold abroad. The former General Director of the GP collected his bags and moved to Azerbaijan. Experienced specialists began to leave, replaced by "green" youth and the notorious "effective managers."

As a matter of fact, the latter are now putting an end to the “Antonov”. One of the former members of the team Poroshenko Aivaras Abromavichus, the current general director of Ukroboronprom, which includes the aviation company, intends to "optimize" the work of Antonov. He does this very peculiarly: they intend to demolish the enterprise.

“Antonov” was not lucky to stand in the Ukrainian capital, occupying expensive land. If you believe the deputy Alexander Dubinsky, Aivaras Abromavicius most of his time is preparing this "optimization". The company will be demolished, the land in Kiev - sold out. The persons involved in the scheme will warm their hands on this well. And what will happen to Antonov?

And with him everything is much sadder. They intend to transfer it to the Kiev region, the village of Gostomel, where the land is cheaper. A new building in a clean field at the expense of state funds, of course, opens up additional opportunities for corrupt officials. This means a guaranteed long-term construction, since no one in his mind will cut a chicken that lays golden eggs.

You can forget about restarting Antonov in a new place, this project is guaranteed to turn into a financial “black hole” for the budget. Even if it starts functioning in a few years, all its employees will find another job by then. How from Kiev every day thousands of people must go to this very Gostomel and back, it is not clear.

“Antonov” is “everything.” The stripping of Ukrainian industry by the hands of "effective managers" is coming to its logical conclusion.
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  1. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 18 December 2019 13: 40
    There are officials in our power system who, having come to power, will also begin to optimize our industry. Chubais - Serdyukov, for example. Therefore, what is happening in Ukraine, our industry is also waiting, if Putin still allows such optimizers to be in power. The 90s may return as soon as the "family" feels the loss of power! Conclusion: Putin will live forever!
    1. Citizen Mѣshkov (Sergѣi) 18 December 2019 22: 44
      We have already planned another "privatization" - read the liquidation for 2020-2022.
  2. sgrabik Offline sgrabik
    sgrabik (Sergei) 18 December 2019 18: 19
    This is to be expected, the West is not interested in the existence of the aviation industry in Ukraine.
    1. commbatant Offline commbatant
      commbatant (Sergei) 18 December 2019 23: 24
      Quote: sgrabik
      The West is not interested in the existence of the aviation industry in Ukraine.

      Yes, in principle, for us too ... it is more profitable to invest in our aviation industry and develop a line of our aircraft (Il-112 - 114) instead of Ukrainian ones, it is clear that the Russian Federation will not be able to quickly develop aircraft engines for the An-124 analogue and its analogue , but you need to start with something ... it's better than investing in a foreign economy and not gaining the necessary competence ...
      By the way, 2/3 of the An-124 in the years of the USSR was released in Ulyanovsk ...
    2. Pete mitchell Offline Pete mitchell
      Pete mitchell (Pete Mitchell) 19 December 2019 10: 14
      As the English say: if a woman gets out of the car, the car will go faster. What is translated - a woman with a cart is easier. We won’t worry, we need to solve our problems.
  3. Warrior Offline Warrior
    Warrior 18 December 2019 19: 54
    I wrote that Antonov’s aircraft factory DOESN’T EXIST already, its workers left for Russia and China, the chief designer went to Azerbaijan ... and shopping and entertainment centers are being built on the territory of the aircraft factory ...
    All this was done in Ukraine by the "free market" and "private entrepreneurs", that is, effective managers who have NEVER and ANYWHERE seriously worked, but want to have big money very quickly ...
  4. Upmost Offline Upmost
    Upmost (Innocent) 18 December 2019 22: 03
    And what’s strange - Antonov was part of the Soviet military-industrial complex, its aviation component.
    With the collapse of the USSR, the meaning of such a plant was lost.
    In the 1990s and 2000s, they tried to do something together with the Russian Federation, but nobody needed such products except the Russian Federation.
    After the Maidan and the transition of Ukraine to the "existing" position, there is no need to make planes, and there is no one, and there is no reason. Instead of patriots - ultra-national-nerds and compradors complicit in them.

    Country has become booty territorythat everyone says what to do and what place to go up / lie down..
  5. boriz Offline boriz
    boriz (boriz) 18 December 2019 22: 39
    Here is at least something from what they were given in their hands, and they did not ditch.
    After all, the An-2 took off already in 1947. Why did they give it to them? The ingenious plane still flies. But they are no longer engaged in modernization, again in Siberia.
    Is there anything normal they can do?
    Although, in vain I lift. They also have breakthroughs. For 2019 export to EU countries increased 3 times. Snails.
    1. vvnab Offline vvnab
      vvnab (Vitali) 19 December 2019 13: 39
      It is not a matter of whether they can or cannot. I think they can. The fact is that nobody needs this ...
      Snails are needed, but planes are not.
      1. boriz Offline boriz
        boriz (boriz) 19 December 2019 14: 05
        And we are doing IL-112 and IL-114 to replace Antonov. And we will make a plane to replace Ruslan. And we will do the plane instead of the An-2.
        And all these aircraft will be bought not only in the Russian Federation.
        Have you heard about the history of artificial diamonds?
        Under the USSR, an artificial diamond production NGO was built in Poltava. Based on the technologies developed in Russia. No analogues in the world. No one needs diamonds, either?
        Established a joint venture with China. China exported documentation and equipment. Now, from 3 million carats of annual production of artificial diamonds in the world, China produces 2,3 million carats.
        About the fact that Ukraine produces 0, should I say?
        You need to steal less.
  6. Citizen Mѣshkov (Sergѣi) 18 December 2019 22: 41
    Yes, let them eliminate health. You think about your liquidated. It’s easiest to blame others, but the faces themselves are crooked!
  7. kriten Offline kriten
    kriten (Vladimir) 19 December 2019 11: 19
    The current authorities do not need industry. They don’t understand anything in it. A lot of worries, little profit. Whether it is a matter of mass stamping 95 quarters .....
  8. Just that was not enough for Bendera to build airplanes! Damn it!
  9. Valera Falaleev Offline Valera Falaleev
    Valera Falaleev (Valera Falaleev) 19 December 2019 23: 53
    As all this is familiar, just like about the Saratov aircraft plant. Or about the factories "Moskvich" or "ZIL", in Moscow, as in Kiev, the land is expensive.
  10. Alex raven Offline Alex raven
    Alex raven (Alex Raven) 23 December 2019 09: 42
    It’s so good that the Antonov enterprise itself does not know about this, and it continues to work and hire new employees (which you will agree, is not typical for a “dying” enterprise?). Here is the list of vacancies for today: