India and Ukraine have agreed to resume the upgrade programme for the Indian Air Force’s (IAF’s) fleet of Antonov An-32 ‘Cline’ turboprop transport aircraft as Kiev has developed alternatives to replace the Russian-made systems in the platforms.
Official sources told Jane’s on 21 January that the retrofit of 65 An-32s will commence imminently, will take 3–4 years to complete, and will be carried out at the IAF’s base repair depot (BRD) in Kanpur – some 495 km southeast of New Delhi – using equipment transferred from Ukraine.
India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a USD400 million contract with Ukraine in 2009 to upgrade the IAF’s 105-strong fleet of An-32s by overhauling the aircraft’s Ivchenko AI-20 turboprop engines and airframes and fitting the platforms with advanced avionics, navigation, and communication equipment.
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