What is Antonov AN-32?

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

About Antonov AN-32:

  • It 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.
  • Features:
    • 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. 
    • Passenger Capacity: 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.

What is a turboprop aircraft?

  • A turboprop aircraft uses a turbo-prop engine rather than a piston-powered engine or a jet engine.
  • They have one or more gas-turbine engines connected to a gearbox that turns the propeller(s) to move the aircraft on the ground and through the air.
  • Turboprop aircraft have lower operating costs than jets because they burn less fuel, but they are also slower than jets.


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