Wednesday, June 08, 2011

IAF Receives First Upgraded An-32s, Designated RE


IAF Statement: Four of the first batch of five Antonov An-32 tactical transport aircraft that recently underwent 'total technical life extension' (TTLE), overhaul and re-equipment at Ukraine were inducted into the IAF, albeit with a new nomenclature -- AN-32 RE.

Stating that IAF has been imbibing and exploiting technological advances and adapting to the revolution in military affairs, Air Marshal Joseph Neri, Air Officer-in-Charge Maintenance (AOM) said the re-equipped An-32 RE aircraft would fulfill tactical transport requirements of the IAF up to and beyond 2025.

Air Mshl Neri inducted the first batch of An-32 RE aircraft at a brief induction and handing over ceremony held at Palam airbase in Delhi. DG (Aircraft), Air Mshl RK Vashisht, senior MOD and IAF officials, representatives of M/S Spets Techno Export (STE) from Ukraine and aircrew that flew in the aircraft from Kiev was among those present at the ceremony.

The An-32, the backbone of the IAF's transport fleet, operational since 1984, has flown more than 800,000 hours on various missions. To overcome maintenance challenges due to ageing and obsolescence while still left with airframe hours and number of landings led the IAF to conceive a mid-life upgrade in 2005, and a contract was finalized in June 2009.

The project envisages TTLE from existing 25 to 40 years, overhaul and re-equipment of 40 aircraft at designer certified plants in Ukraine of 10 aircraft annually and supply of material and 'transfer of technology' (ToT) for upgrade of 64 remaining aircraft at IAF's No. 1 Base Repair Depot (BRD) at Kanpur. The upgrade at Kiev is expected to be completed by March 2014 and upgrade at 1 BRD by March 2017.

The special features of An-32 RE include modification in cockpit layout, upgraded avionics equipment, noise and vibration reduction enhancing crew comfort, reliability and maintainability of the aircraft.

Sharing the experience of the aircrew flying the upgraded aircraft fitted from Kiev to India via Ankara, Cairo, Jeddah, Doha and UAE, Gp Capt RC Mohile, one of the captains of the An-32 RE and the team leader described that the new navigational equipment proved extremely useful and made the complex navigation process involved on the international route easy to negotiate.

11 comments :

Restless said...

I hope that's the real key used to start the plane....

Anonymous said...

Why didn't they change the keys to a shorter & smaller key when they did up-gradation of the aircraft ?

May be it is easier to find the key during emergency.. chances of misplacing it is very small...

Chandan said...

WOW..theese guys are quick in their actions !!!

Anurag said...

Well that was quick....Good job
So we will be using these planes till 2025 or 2030??I mean upgrading program will continue till 2017 so i don't see planes retiring before 2030..

Anonymous said...

Yes thanks for the keys Mate!! Now why did the upgrade not have finger recognition. Hell, cars have that too.

Besides can you imagine the huge blip on the enemy's radar thanks to the crappy RCS of that key!

KVR said...

Only structural upgrades ? There doesn't seem to be any glass cockpit.

Anonymous said...

^^^ me too thinking the same. no glass cockpit!!! no MFDs seen...Hope some scam will not come out of this deal too!!!

Anonymous said...

cockpit seems to be stuck in 1984:)

Anonymous said...

I love those overhead fans in the cockpit.

Anonymous said...

Note the flood lamps on the cieling - they seem to have red colour bulbs for enhancing night vision?

Chandan said...

These guys will be extremely useful in upgrading our IL-76's , IL-78's .....