Awery supports fundraising initiative to rebuild Antonov AN-225

The completed working MRIYA AN-225 model. Photo: Awery Aviation Software

Ukrainian technology company Awery Aviation Software has pledged its support for an initiative aimed at the protection and development of Ukraine’s aviation industry, including the rebuilding of the Antonov Mriya AN-225 freighter.

Metal Time, a Ukrainian startup company, has developed a working mechanical design kit model of the AN-225.

Profits from the sale of the model will be donated to Antonov for the rebuilding of the Mriya aircraft; the rehousing of Antonov employees whose homes were destroyed by Russia; and the education and training of new aviation engineers and pilots for Ukraine.

“Awery cannot stand by when Ukrainian cargo aviation is destroyed economically and physically, and so it was an easy decision for us to help promote the initiative by communicating this great project as much as we can,” said Vitaly Smillianets, chief executive, Awery.

“Since 1991, Ukraine has celebrated the 24th of August as its day of independence and so it couldn’t be more appropriate to launch this initiative today in our national bid to ensure that Antonov Aviation continues to be a major player in the project cargo international carrier market.

“Please help us support this initiative by purchasing your model as soon as you can.”

Details of the fundraising initiative and how to buy a model can be found by searching Metal Time at

Antonov issued an appeal to raise funds to replace its unique AN-225 “Mriya” aircraft in March after it was destroyed in February following the start of the Russia-Ukraine war.

Unique Antonov An-225 reportedly destroyed in fighting

Antonov seeks funding to build AN-225 replacement

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Rebecca Jeffrey
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