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Antonov AN-32 Aircarft

Antonov AN-32 Aircarft:

India recently donated propellers of the Antonov AN-32 military transport aircraft to Sri Lanka.

  • Antonov AN-32 is a twin-engined turboprop military transport aircraft.
  • It is designed and manufactured by the Antonov Design Bureau of Ukraine.
  • It was purchased by India from the erstwhile Soviet Union in 1984.
  • Its Nato reporting name is Cline.
  • The AN-32 can be operated at high-altitude airfields (up to 4500 m above sea level) and in a hot climate, making the aircraft suitable for tactical military transport or other evacuation operations.
  • It can carry a maximum weight of 27 tons at a maximum speed of 530 km/h.
  • 42 paratroopers or 50 passengers or 24 Casualties on a stretcher with three medical personnel.
  • It also has a limited bombing role and is used for para-trooping operations.