India Receives First Upgraded An-32s
"The timely implementation of the first phase of this contract was only possible thanks to the efficient and precise work of all participants," said Dmitry Peregudov, general director of Ukrainian arms export agency Ukrspetsexport. Signed in 2009, the modernisation programme is the largest-ever deal between the country and India, he said.
The upgraded An-32s have updated equipment including air collision avoidance systems, ground proximity warning systems, satellite navigation, distance measuring equipment, upgraded radio altimeters, new radars with multifunctional indicators, new oxygen systems and improved crew seats.
The An-32 is similar to the An-26, but has more powerful turboprop engines mounted higher on the wing. It can operate from airfields up to 14,800ft (4,500m) above sea level as well as in hot conditions. It has proved effective at linking India's high mountain settlements with bigger cities.
Bomber or Transport Aircraft
42 paratroopers or 50 passengers or 24 Casualties on stretcher with three medical personnel
Entry into Service
Maximum Take-Off Weight
Ivchenko Progress AI-20DM turboprop engine
Number of Engines
Antonov Design Bureau
Afghan Air Force, Armenian Air Force, Bangladesh Air Force, Colombian Army, Croatian Air Force, Ethiopian Air Force, Indian Air Force, Iraqi Air Force, Libyan Air Force, Mexican Air Force, Peruvian Air Force, Sri Lanka Air Force and Ukrainian Air Force
Automatic Direction Finder and Radar Altimeter
Bendix or King