Nov 20, 2017

Saudi/Ukrainian Taqnia/Antonov AN-132 Transport Flies at Dubai Airshow 2017

Antonov’s AN-132 is making its Dubai Airshow debut, after its first public unveiling in June at the Paris Airshow. The pilots flying the AN-132 in Dubai are highlighting one of its key features, the ability to fly a steep approach at up to a 15-degree glidepath and still land using a small amount of runway.

The AN-132 is an all-new version of the An-32 light/medium transport, updated with Pratt & Whitney Canada PW150A engines, GE/Dowty R408 propellers, Liebherr air-management system and Honeywell Primus Epic avionics.

Antonov is partnering with Saudi Arabian Taqnia Aeronautics and the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology to build the aircraft.

Other features of the aircraft include increased use of composites, a new wing box structure and a more streamlined forward fuselage profile. Compared with the An-32, the An-132 has an increased maximum takeoff weight of 69,446 pounds, payload of 20,283 pounds, and more power to give exceptional “hot-and-high” capability, including the ability to operate from airfields at up to 13,125 feet elevation.

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