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IAF AN-32 Goes Missing: 10 Things You Need To Know About The Aircraft

 

  • There are more than 100 Russian-made AN-32s in service with the IAF.
  • The Indian Air Force reportedly has a fleet of 105 AN-32s in service.
  • The AN-32, a twin-engine aircraft, is primarily used as a cargo flight.
  • In this case, it was carrying 29 people on board – 23 personnel and six crew.
  • The aircraft has the capacity to transport either 7.5 tonnes of cargo or fifty passengers.
  • There are ten variants of the AN-32: An-32A, An-32B, An-32B-100, An-32B-110, An-32B-120, An-32B-300, An-32LL, An-32MP, An-32P firekiller and An-32B-200.
  • The AN-32 aircraft can fly at a maximum speed of 530km/hour. The aircraft weighs around 16,800kg and its maximum take-off weight is 27,000 kg.
  • The AN-32 is an aircraft that can fly for up to four hours without refueling.
  • The aircraft is designed to be used in both – civilian as well as military situations.
  • The An-32 prototype took its maiden flight in July 1976.

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