The Bangladesh Air Force has received an Antonov An-32 transport aircraft following an extensive refurbishment effort.
The handover of the transport aircraft (S/N 1702) took place on 25 September at the Ukraine’s SE PLANT 410 CA aircraft-repair enterprise located at Kyiv. SE PLANT 410 CA Director General Viktor Gankevich handed over the overhauled aircraft certificates and keys to the pilots-in-command, and thanked for the long-lasting fruitful cooperation.
Employees of the company are handing over a practically new aircraft, which is ready to carry out any missions, Viktor Gankevych said during his speech.
According to the Ukroboronprom State Concern Deputy Director General for Aircraft Industry and Operations Volodymyr Korobov, the modernized aircraft received modern equipment, new automatic ground collision avoidance system, satellite navigation system and other important equipment for safe flights.
It is planned that all three An-32 transport aircraft of the Bangladesh Air Force will be modernized in Ukraine.
The project of An-32 modernization – as well as the program on military aircraft and helicopters repair – were discussed by leadership of the UkrOboronProm and the Head of the delegation of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Bangladesh Mr. Naim Nasan at specialized aerospace exhibition AeroIndia-2017.
As reported, SE Plant 410 CA was awarded the certificate “Best Exporter of 2016”. The enterprise closely cooperates with its international partners from Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, India, Hungary and Sudan.
The Ukraine-made An-32 light military transport multi-purpose aircraft can be operated in various climate conditions, including hot climate (up to + 50°C) and from the mountain airfields (up to 4500 m elevation).
The main aircraft purpose is to transport cargoes over short and medium range air routes. It can be used for carrying military personnel, aerial delivery of paratroopers and palletized and non-palletized cargoes. Its ambulance version can be used in missions of Emergency Ministry.
The aircraft has a high maneuverability for flights to mountain based airfields with difficult approaches.