Designed by O.K.Antonov ASTC as a regional transport aircraft perfectly adapted for a wide range of roles as freighter, passenger and firefighter/ waterbomber. The aircraft is well known for its unrivalled capability to operate from/into hot and high airfields in mountain regions.
The An-32s were distinguished for a series of forest firefighting missions around hard-to-access mountain ranges in Portugal and Spain.
This aircraft can operate from/into austere/unpaved/unimproved airstrips.
The territory of Ukraine accommodated the original producers of AN-32 aircraft and AI-20D engines, mounted on the aircraft, as well as the aviation repair plants for different engine modifications. Thanks to this fact, the issues of overhaul can be solved in full volume, and further operation of the aircrafts can be ensured.
The overhaul of the Customer's aircraft can be done according to stated conditions and other conditions determined during negotiations. The overhaul of the aircraft can be done by several stages by parallel and consecutive method at the Customer's plant and at the Executor's plants, and can be done according to original overhaul technology, including all technical requirements and implemented changes of the aircraft original producer at the staring date of overhaul.
In February 2003, according to O.K. Antonov deputy chief designer and sales division chief Oleksandr Kiva, an agreement on modernization of India's AN-32 planes may be signed between Ukraine and India. As Mr Kiva told Ukrinform's correspondent in Kyiv, during the airshow AERO INDIA 2003 in Bangalore the Ukrainian delegation held talks with the host side, which encompassed the spectrum of problems, involving AN-32 planes' modernization.
Since 1984 118 AN-28s has been supplied to India, the bulk of which are used by the Indian Air Force. The parties kept exchanging opinions on that subject, Mr Kiva said, and the O.K. Antonov complex waa gearing up for the contract's likely signing.
Replying to the Ukrinform correspondent's question about Israeli companies' likely participation the AN-32 planes' modernization (in particular, the company IAI was mentioned among these), Mr Kiva said Israel had offered its services to various countries, which operate AN-32 planes, but presently the IAI's participation is not being discussed, though some other forms of cooperation with the IAI could not ruled out.
In 2009 was signed the largest contract for all history of mutual relations between Ukraine and India, subject to conditions which to 105 aircraft An-32 of the Air Forces of India are entrusted to the Ukrainian experts repair and modernization. SE «PLANT 410 CA » is one of the leading coauthors of the contract. The An-32 is specially adapted for features of the Indian climate and high mountains. For its reliability pilots have nicknamed the machine «silver horse».
Upgrade of the airplanes which are taking place in operation, instead of purchase new, is an expedient savings for the Indian side, and for the Ukrainian side are guaranteed work for some years. Simultaneously with overhaul Ukraine was making deep modernization of the plane therefore it gets new qualities.
Actually it is possible to speak about a new aircraft, which index An-32RE. Upgrade of all radio-electronic equipment is made by replacement on modern, responding American, German, French, Russian and domestic manufacturer standards. «This contract is important, because in aircraft of Ukraine there are certain problems. Upgrade and prolongation of a resource of similar planes a bright parameter of reliability and quality of production of the Ukrainian aviation industry, and in essence, - the image program which confirms development of mutually advantageous cooperation» - general director Sergey Podreza has emphasized. There is a confidence, that on new ?n-32, already with index RE, the enterprise will receive many new orders.
Antonov State Enterprise denied media reports alleging that five Indian Air Force An-32 aircraft which were being modernized as a part of Ukrainian-Indian military cooperation at the 410 Civil Aviation Plant in Ukraine have disappeared due to the ongoing conflict. The state enterprise said 01 April 2015 that the executor of the contract, worth around $400 million, on the modernization of 105 An-32 light transport aircraft, which was signed in 2009 by the Indian Defense Ministry and Spectehnoexport, is 410 Civil Aviation Plant. "Under the agreement, 40 aircraft are being modernized at 410 Civil Aviation Plant and 65 – in India, at a plant in Kanpur. At present, 35 aircraft has been finished and transferred to the Indian Air Force. The other five aircraft remain in the workshops of 410 Civil Aviation Plant," the company said. 410 Civil Aviation Plant, jointly with Antonov State Enterprise, is part of Antonov State Aviation Concern.
Antonov proposed Peruvian Air Force to upgrade their An-32B aircraft. The Transport Strategies Center reported "According to the Ukrainian proposal, Peruvian aircraft can receive digital avionics, new anti-collision systems, radar altimeters, ground proximity warning systems and satellite navigation systems. Moreover, maintenance and upgrade of the engines AI-20D can be carried out".
As a result of modernization, the maximum take-off weight of An-32B will increase to 28.5 tons, and its noiseness will be reduced. Due to a similar effort made to the An-32 of India Air Force, the aircraft service life was prolonged until 2025. The financial parameters of the offer are not specified. It is known that the Peruvian aircraft can be upgraded in the same way as similar aircraft of the Indian Air Force. Currently, Peru ran eight An-32, three of which belong to the Air Force. Earlier, the Peruvian Air Force carried out a tender for the repair and modernization of the three aircraft, but at the end of 2012 it was canceled.
|Cargo hold length:||12.5 m|
|Cargo hold width:||2.78 m|
|Cargo hold height:||1.84 m|
|Cargo hold volume:||60 m3|
|Maximum payload:||6.7 t|
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