Antonov An-32

The Antonov An-32 (NATO reporting name: Cline) is a twin-engined turboprop military transport aircraft.


Antonov An-32
Class Aircraft
Type Transport
Manufacturer Antonov
Origin Ukraine
Country Name Origin Year
Ukraine 1976
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
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Angola View
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Armenia View
Bangladesh View
Ceylon (Sri Lanka) View
Ceylon (Sri Lanka) View
Colombia View
Croatia View
Equatorial Guinea View
Ethiopia View
India View
India View
Iraq View
Ivory Coast View
Jordan View
Libya View
Mexico View
Mongolia View
Peru View
Rwanda View
Sudan View
Tanzania View
Ukraine View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Antonov 1976 361 View

The An-32 is basically a re-engined An-26. The launch customer was the Indian Air Force, which ordered the aircraft partly due to good relations between then USSR leader Leonid Brezhnev and then India leader Indira Gandhi. The An-32 is designed to withstand adverse weather conditions better than the standard An-26. The high placement of the engine nacelles above the wing allowed for larger diameter propellers, which are driven by 5,100 hp rated AI-20 turboprop engines, providing almost twice the power of the An-26's AI-24 powerplants. Estimated price for a modernised An-32 version is 15 million dollars.

Variants

  •     An-32 : Twin-engined transport aircraft
  •     An-32A : The first civil variant, the majority of the 36 aircraft built were delivered to various MAP and MOM enterprises, for use in transporting assemblies between plants.
  •     An-32B : Improved version
  •     An-32B-100 : Modernised version of the An-32B. MTOW increased to 28.5 tons, payload increased to 7.5 tons.
  •     An-32B-110 : New avionics allowing aircraft to be operated by two crew members. Metric (Russian) avionics variant.
  •     An-32B-120 : Imperial (non-Russian) avionics variant of An-32B-110.
  •     An-32B-300 : Version fitted with Rolls-Royce AE 2100 turboprop engines, providing 4,600 hp each.
  •     An-32LL (Letyushchaya Laborotoriya flying laboratory): The first prototype converted to a propfan technology testbed, with a large eight-bladed propeller in place of the standard AV-68DM on the port engine.
  •     An-32MP : Marine Patrol version.
  •     An-32P Firekiller : Aerial firefighting version. Special category type certificate granted on 10 March 1995. A total of eight tons of liquid can be discharged from the two external tanks simultaneously or one after the other. Drops are conducted at 40–50 m above ground level and 240 to 260 km/h. Can be used as a cargo aircraft when not fighting fires.
  •     An-32V-200 : A tactical transport/cargo aircraft outgrowth from the An-32B-100, with more modern avionics allowing two crew operation. Intended for export; despite reasonable interest few have been sold.
  •     An-32 RE : Modernised version of the An-32B. MTOW increased to 28.5 tons, payload increased to 7.5 tons. New avionics.
  •     An-132 : Improved version to be developed jointly by Saudi Arabia and Ukraine The aircraft will feature western sourced avionics and engines.The airlifter will be powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW150 turboprop engines along with Honeywell avionics, Liebherr life support system and Hamilton Sundstrand supplied Auxiliary Power Unit (APU).


The An-32 has excellent takeoff characteristics under tropical and mountainous conditions, including hot climates (up to + 55 °C) and from high-elevation airfields (up to 4,500 m height) where hot or thin air reduces a powerplant's performance. With this capability, the aircraft is suited to be a multipurpose aircraft with medium tactical military transport roles as well as being used in civil commercial flying.

Operating as a cargo transport over the short and medium range air routes, the An-32 is able to air-drop cargo platforms on pallets. The aircraft has also been used as a passenger-only aircraft, ambulance variant, firefighter and for sky-diving or paratroop roles.

Role Transport/Bomber
Manufacturer Ukraine
Design group Antonov
Built by Aviant
First flight 9 July 1976
Status Operational
Primary users Indian Air Force
National Air Force of Angola
Sri Lanka Air Force
Ukrainian Air Force
Produced 1976–present
Number built 361
Unit cost US$ 15 million 
Developed from Antonov An-26


General characteristics

  • Crew: 4
  • Capacity: 42 paratroopers/50 passengers/24 Casualties on stretcher with three medical personnel
  • Length: 23.78 m (78 ft 0¾ in)
  • Wingspan: 29.20 m (95 ft 9½ in)
  • Height: 8.75m (28 ft 8½ in)
  • Wing area: 75 m² (807 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 16,800 kg (37,038 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 27,000 kg (59,400 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × ZMKB Progress AI-20DM turboprop, 3,812 kW (5,112 ehp) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 530 km/h (286 knots, 329 mph)
  • Cruise speed: 470 km/h (254 knots, 292 mph) (econ cruise)
  • Range: 2,500 km (1,350 nmi, 1,553 mi)
  • Service ceiling: 9,500 m (31,165 ft)

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