BANGALORE, February 5. / BUSINESS-TASS /. Ukraine has upgraded more than 20 Indian military transport aircraft An-32, told ARMS-TASS representative of the Ukrainian delegation participating in the 9th International Aviation and Space Salon "Aero India 2013", which opens tomorrow in Bangalore.
In the program of modernization of the fleet of An-32 involved 20 companies from Russia, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United States, including "Spetstehnoeksport", "Antonov", "Motor Sich" and "AVIANT."
The company "Motor Sich" from Zaporozhye, for example, delivers 100 AI-20D Series 5M development ZMKB "Progress" TBO which increased from two thousand to four thousand hours, and total service life increased to 20 thousand hours.
Payload upgraded AN-32RE increased from 6,500 kg to 7,500 kg. With the use of additional fuel tank range of the upgraded aircraft increased from 900 km to 1400 km.
Upgraded AN-32 is equipped with advanced facilities, including collision warning system in the air warning system approximation of the Earth, a satellite navigation system, distance-measuring equipment, upgraded radio altimeters, new radars with multifunctional indicators, new oxygen supply system and improved crew seats .
A fleet of 105 aircraft An-32, produced by India from 1984 to 1991, is currently being upgraded as part of the Indo-Ukrainian contract worth $ 400 million, signed in 2009 Contracted repair of military aircraft has become the largest in the history of relations between Ukraine and India. As part of the contract 40 An-32 aircraft upgraded to the 410th Aviation aircraft factory in Kiev, and the remaining 65 machines — at the production facilities maintenance base number 1 and Air Station Chaker Indian Air Force. Last modernized aircraft will be delivered in 2017
The service life of the modernized An-32 will be extended for another 15 years, to reach 40 years of age.