Antonov, or Antonov Aeronautical Scientific/Technical Complex (Antonov ASTC) (Ukrainian: Авіаційний науково-технічний комплекс імені Антонова, АНТК ім. Антонова), formerly the Antonov Design Bureau, is a Ukrainian aircraft manufacturing and services company with particular expertise in the field of very large aircraft construction. Antonov (model prefix An-) is the most common airplane brand on the planet, with thousands of aircraft currently operating in the former Soviet Union and the developing countries. Antonov ASTC is a state-owned commercial company. Its headquarters and main industrial ground are located in Kiev. The company is named after Oleg Antonov, its founder and chief designer of An-2, An-24, An-22 and other popular aircraft models. The Antonov company lacks facilities for full construction of some aircraft[citation needed], a result of Soviet industrial strategy that split military production between different regions of the USSR. This distribution minimized potential war loss risks. As a result, Antonov airplanes are often assembled by the specialist contract manufacturers in Kharkiv (Ukraine), Novosibirsk (Russia), and Tashkent (Uzbekistan). Products and activities Fields of commercial activity of Antonov ASTC include: Aircraft construction and manufacture Airfreight services (Antonov Airlines) Aircraft maintenance and upgrading

Aerospace related engineering support Operation of the Gostomel airport (Antonov Airport) Trolley bus construction and manufacture (a spin-off, using existing technical expertise).[2] Air Start project. Satellite launch from the modified version of Ruslan.[3] [edit]Aircraft Private Lithuanian Antonov An-2 in the UK Antonov's airplanes (design office prefix An) range from the rugged An-2 biplane (which itself is comparatively large for a biplane) through the An-28 reconnaissance aircraft to the massive An-124 Ruslan and An-225 Mriya strategic airlifters (the latter being the world's heaviest aircraft with only one currently in service). Whilst less famous, the An-24, An-26, An-30 and An-32 family of twin turboprop, high winged, passenger/cargo/troop transport aircraft are important for domestic/short-haul air services particularly in parts of the world once led by communist governments. The An-72/An-74 series of small jetliners is slowly replacing that fleet, and a larger An-70 freighter is under certification. The Antonov An-148 is a brand new short-haul airliner of twin-turbofan configuration, which is awaiting Western certification. Over 150 aircraft have been ordered since 2007, all of them by Russian and former East-bloc operators plus Cuba.[citation needed] A stretched version is in development, the An-158 (from 60–70 to 90–100 passengers).