Antonov announces it has not sold the rights of the An-225 to China

The Ukrainian state-owned aircraft manufacturer Antonov has clarified the details of a recent agreement with the Aerospace Industry Corporation of China, stressing that China will not be given the rights to produce An-225 Mriyas, according to a message posted on Antonov’s Facebook page.

Chinese television reported that the Ukrainian company had sold the rights to the aircraft.

“Antonov does not convey the rights to China for the An-225 aircraft… including intellectual property rights,” the statement read.

The agreement reached between Antonov and the Aerospace Industry Corporation of China instead serves as a “type of road map which confirms the mutual interest of the parties in their interactions.”

According to Antonov, the agreement concerns preparing proposals for the development of a contract between the two companies.

  Ukraine, Antonov, China