Antonov Design Bureau (ADB, Gostomel) along with the Infora Ltd investment firm, the Ilyushin Finance Co. leasing company and various undisclosed Peruvian partners have begun negotiations over the proposed construction of a dedicated USD250million Antonov production and MRO facility in Peru. According to the local Peruvian press, once online, the facility will manufacture An-2, An-26 and An-32 turboprops - the most common variants found in South America. The development was announced at the recent handing-over ceremony of an Antonov aircraft to the Fuerza Aérea del Perú (FPR, Lima Las Palmas) in Lima. "The harsh conditions found in various Latin American regions have created the need for aircraft with special characteristics that can operate in them. The Antonov Company, present in the region since 1966, will continue to strengthen its presence in Latin America," said the CEO of Antonov, Vasiliy Belinsky. The South American country has also expressed an interest in acquiring other cargo aircraft of the AN−148/AN−158 family including the An-148-100T and the proposed An−178.