Fi­nal de­liv­ery of An-32RE tac­ti­cal trans­port air­craft

SP's MAI - - SP’S EXCLUSIVES -

In big re­lief to the In­dian Air Force (IAF) af­ter months of un­cer­tainty and as­sur­ances, Ukraine ear­lier this month com­pleted the de­liv­ery of the fi­nal (and fifth) batch of eight up­graded and over­hauled An-32RE tac­ti­cal trans­port air­craft to In­dia. The air­craft were up­graded un­der the frame­work of a ma­jor con­tract be­tween the State En­ter­prise‘ S pets Techno Ex­port ’( the spe­cial ex­porter of State Con­cern ‘Ukroboron­prom’) and In­dian Gov­ern­ment in 2010. The up­grade in­volves a ma­jor life ex­ten­sion of 15 years, ce­ment­ing the An-32RE as the IAF’s tac­ti­cal trans­port warhorse.

“To­day we trans­fer an­other five mod­ernised air­crafts and suc­cess­fully com­plete one of the most im­por­tant ex­port con­tracts which to­tal value is $400 mil­lion. Af­ter Ukroboron­prom gained con­trol over Ukrainian strate­gic avi­a­tion en­ter­prises, we have re­ceived an as­sign­ment to in­crease the num­ber of man­u­fac­tured air­crafts and ex­pand co­op­er­a­tion in this area. Now we are mov­ing steadily in that di­rec­tion, and to­day’s event proves it,” said Arthur Heru­vi­mov, the Deputy Di­rec­tor Gen­eral for De­vel­op­ment of Ukroboron­prom in a state­ment re­leased ear­lier this month. He added, “Thanks to the trust of the In­dian side, to­day we can talk about a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease of our work­load and ad­di­tional sup­plies of a wide range of avi­a­tion spare parts for In­dian mar­ket.”

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