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Antonov's An-132D airlifter demonstrator gets its wings

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World Aviation Defense & Security Industry News - Antonov
 
 
Antonov's An-132D airlifter demonstrator gets its wings
 
Antonov Company's An-132D aircraft demonstrator got its wings, the Ukraine-based aircraft manufacturer announced on March 21st, 2016. The next stage of the aircraft construction, which is created according to the contract with King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has been performed.
     
Antonov An 132D airlifter demonstrator gets its wings 640 001Antonov's AN-132D military airlifter demonstrator recently got its wings
(Credit: Antonov Company)
     
Simultaneously with construction of the aircraft demonstrator, Antonov signed an Agreement with Taqnia Aeronautics company, which was selected by Saudi party as production and marketing partner on organization of cooperative series manufacturing of the aircraft.

The An-132 is a light multipurpose aircraft intended for transportation of various cargoes weighting up to 9.2 t on short- and medium-haul air routes. Besides, it will be able to air drop palletized cargoes and paratroopers, to carry people, sick and injured persons under emergency situations.

The new aircraft will have all the best characteristics of its predecessor, the An-32. In particular, it will be effectively operated under hot climate and in mountain terrain, from/to different airdromes. It will be reliable and flexible in operation.

The An-132 will differ with better technical and economical, operational characteristics: payload increased by 23 percent, flight range increased in 2.75 times while carrying 6 t of cargo, high fuel efficiency, low noise and emission level. An-132 will have two-member “glass” cockpit, avionics and equipment meeting the modern standards. Airborne loading/unloading equipment, APU will provide its autonomous operation at poor-equipped airfields.

 

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