Thursday, February 18, 2016

Antonov An-132D enters final assembly

Antonov has commenced final assembly of the upgraded variant of the An-32 tactical airlifter, dubbed the An-132D.

The fuselage assembly was completed last week and currently the aircraft is in final assembly during which the fuselage will be mated with its wings, tail, pylons and engine nacelles.

The demonstrator aircraft will confirm the new western avionics and engine of the aircraft, which is being developed with participation from King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and Taqnia Aeronautics Co. of Saudi Arabia.

The An-132 is intended for short and medium-haul routes with roles ranging from troop transport to cargo and can be outfitted with a variety of cabin configurations.

The aircraft will have a maximum cruising speed of 500 kilometers per hour and a maximum cruising altitude of 9,000 meters with a maximum payload of 9.2 tonnes.

The aircraft roll out is planned by end of the year and serial production will be carried out from a Saudi assembly line.

After series of the test flights, the An-132 will be presented to potential customers in Saudi Arabia.

The light transport plane will be powered by two Pratt & Whitney PW150A engines and will feature Honeywell avionics system.

Antonov projects a potential market for the aircraft of 200 units between 2018 and 2025.