Saudi-Ukranian An-132 on Display at Aero India 2019, Targets An-32 Replacement in India
Ukrainian Antonov and Saudi Arabia’s Taqnia Aeronautics have displayed An-132 military transport aircraft for the first time at the ongoing Aero India 2019 airshow.
The Saudi−Ukrainian multi−purpose aircraft, a joint development by Antonov and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), is intended in particular for military transportation of armed personnel, and warfare equipment.
The Indian Air Force currently modernizing its entire fleet of 105 aircraft in service. 35 upgraded An-32s have already been delivered by Ukrspetsexport. The upgrade program was stalled due to Ukrainian conflict until recently. In January 2019, India and Ukraine agreed to resume the upgrade of 65 An-32s as Kiev has developed alternatives to replace the Russian-made systems in the platforms.
The upgrades include modern avionics equipment, new oxygen systems and improved crew seats. The rest of the aircraft are being upgraded in India.
The upgrade will allow the Indian Air Force to fulfil the tactical transport requirements up to and beyond 2025.
The IAF took the delivery of the four upgraded Soviet-era An-32 aircraft in June 2011. The AN-32, the backbone of the IAF transport fleet, has been operational since 1984 and the 104 planes in the IAF inventory have flown more than 800,000 hours on various missions.
The IAF had, in 2005, conceived the upgrade of AN-32s to overcome maintenance challenges due to ageing and obsolescence, while still left with airframe hours and number of landings. The $400 million upgrade contract was concluded in 2009.
The An-132 is a modernized variant of the An-32 cargo plane is going to have better capabilities when it comes to the carried payload, while the airframe is designed in a way which provides the aircraft with STOL capabilities, so important when the missions require to carry out unprepared runway operations.
The aircraft is propelled by Pratt & Whitney Canada PW150 engines, with six-bladed Dowty Propellers Company R408 propellers, the fully digital avionics system is going to be delivered by Honeywell, while the life support system is to be provided by the Liebherr company. The evolved Antonov-132 will have an extended range, and the An-132 will be able to carry a maximum payload of up to 8,400 kg. It is designed for military and civilian operations.
Antonov Company and Saudi Arabias Taqnia Aeronautics have agreed to a work-share for building the AN-132 military transport aircraft. A three party MoU to manufacture the AN−132 aircraft was signed between Antonov, Taqnia Aeronautics, a subsidiary of Saudi Technology Development and Investment Co (TAQNIA) and another Saudi firm WAHAJ
UK ministry of defense has discussed its possible participation in AN-132 aircraft project with Ukraines Ukroboronprom last week. The meeting took place in London on April 26, the Ukrainian Defense Industry announced last week
Ukrainian Antonov AN-132D, the first aircraft with no Russian components performed its first flight last week. The aircraft created by Ukroboronproms Antonov has been developed by cooperation between Ukraine and international aerospace firms that includes partners from USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France and other countries – Honeywell, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Liebherr-Aerospace Toulouse SAS, Dowty Propellers, the company said in a statement
Ukraine's Antonov-manufactured aircraft will be achieving EU certification, Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure announced Monday. Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelyan said at a briefing that relevant documents were signed Monday
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) delivered 3 Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Dhruv aircraft to the Indian Army at the Aero India 2019 airshow on Friday. Indian Army placed an ordered for 40 Druv aircraft- 22 ALH Mk III and 18 Mk IV Rudra, with HAL in August of 2017
Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with JSR Dynamics for glide weapons and light weight cruise missiles at the ongoing Aero India 2019 airshow. The MoU aims at leveraging the individual design and manufacturing capabilities of BEL and JSR, a start-up to develop weapons and light weight cruise missiles, which have business potential in both the domestic and international market, JSR said in a statement Thursday
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