Antonov has confirmed to Jane’s its offer to provide additional outsized airlift to NATO following the announcement by Volga-Dnepr that it will no longer support the alliance.
The Ukrainian-based company reaffirmed on 2 May its offer to provide the necessary number of An-124-100 aircraft to support NATO’s Strategic Airlift International Solution (SALIS) programme, after the Russian-based provider said that when the current contract expires at the end of the year it will cease to provide its services due to the poor political climate between Russia and the West.
Under the SALIS agreement, Antonov Airlines and Volga-Dnepr contribute a total of six An-124 aircraft for charter services to NATO and partner nations. NATO has not yet responded to the offer and had not answered Jane’s questions on the matter by the time of publication.
As noted on the company’s website, Antonov Airlines specialises in the transport of outsized and project cargo worldwide using a fleet of one An-22, seven An-124s, and the world’s only An-225.