New Saudi-Ukrainian airplane test-flown successfully

People photograph the inaugural flight of a new Saudi-Ukrainian Antonov AN-132 airplane in Kiev, Ukraine. (AP)
Updated 03 April 2017
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New Saudi-Ukrainian airplane test-flown successfully

JEDDAH: The test flight of the new Saudi-Ukrainian light-weight multi-purpose airplane Antonov AN-132 took place on Saturday.
It was flown for an hour and 40 minutes over Ukrainian territory by retired Gen. Muhammad bin Saeed Aiyash, accompanied by Ukrainian pilots and technicians. The pilots were received by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko as the plane landed.
The craft can ascend to 28,000 feet with a load of up to 9.2 tons, and can fly more than 4,500 kilometers.
It uses twin Pratt & Whitney A-150 engines and an advanced electronic system.
The supervisor general of the Special Programs Department at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), Khaled Al-Hassan, said the plane will fly over the Kingdom soon.
“Work is progressing as planned. Success would be producing this plane as scheduled despite the challenges that face such aircraft technology-transfer projects,” Al-Hassan added.
He said KACST owns 50 percent of the project, and the plane is the first in a production line that will be set in Ukraine and Saudi Arabia with the participation of engineers and technicians from both countries.
The executive president of Taqnia Aeronautics, retired Gen. Ali bin Muhammad Al-Ghamdi, said Saudi Arabia will start manufacturing 35 percent of the plane and eventually reach 100 percent.
The company has signed three agreements with the KACST to take part in manufacturing a multi-purpose helicopter by US-based Sikorsky Aircraft.
It has also signed deals to manufacture drones, plane bodies and other components made of carbon and metal materials.


Two Holy Mosques program receives international award

The Two Holy Mosques program has received the Sharjah International Cultural Heritage award for its achievements. (SPA)
Updated 22 May 2018
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Two Holy Mosques program receives international award

  • The state adopted the program presented by the SCTH four years ago
  • King Salman’s initiative to care for cultural heritage is one of the outputs presented by the SCTH

RIYADH: The Two Holy Mosques program to care for the Kingdom’s cultural heritage has received the Sharjah International Cultural Heritage award for its achievements.
It was described as an unprecedented national program sponsoring projects and efforts related to all aspects of national heritage.
King Salman’s initiative to care for cultural heritage is one of the outputs presented by the SCTH, sponsored and financed by the country, and it is being carried out as part of the important initiatives of Saudi Vision 2030 with more than SR5 billion ($1.3 billion) allocated in the current phase. The initiative includes 10 courses, each under implementation consisting of a number of main projects that amount to more than 330 in total.
The state adopted the program presented by the SCTH four years ago and financed within the National Transformation Program with more than SR4 billion ($1 billion).
The program includes the establishment of 18 museums in the Kingdom, 80 heritage sites and opening them to visitors, the restoration of 18 villages and traditional towns to visitors.