Within a period between the 14th and 19th of February 2017, Antonov Company's delegation takes part in AERO INDIA – 2017 exhibition held in Bangalore, India. Antonov has been cooperating with this country for about 50 years.
This year, Antonov Company presents advanced aviation programmes based on the enterprise's experience in development of transport, regional passenger aircraft and special purpose airplanes. The Antonov aircraft proved their efficiency being operated under adverse climatic conditions of India and other countries of the region as well as at different alpine airfields, including mountain terrains. At present, cooperation on
Advanced Antonov projects can become a basis for further mutually beneficial cooperation between Ukraine and India in aviation field. At present, cooperation on deep modernization of the AN−32 fleet of IAF is in progress. In accordance with the contract signed between Ukraine and India, the Ukrainian enterprises reequipped 40 AN−32s into upgraded AN−32RE version and delivered them to the customer.
Nowadays, Antonov together with IAF work on extension of service life of 65 other airplanes airplanes from 25 to 40 years. The Company has also presented its proposals as for joint creation of the D level flight simulator for the AN−32RE. Antonov has vast experience in this sphere, because development of the research pilot stands (RPS) and flight simulators is an integral part of the aircraft development.
Antonov in cooperation with its partners from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia suggests to aircraft operators of India the new generation AN−132 multipurpose transport with payload up to 9.2 t. This programme is realized under participation of the leading companies of the world aircraft industry. Besides, while the AN−132 designing, Antonov's specialists have taken into account requirements of Indian AF as for airplanes to replace the AVRO aircraft.
AN−178 transport with payload up to 16 t being under certification tests can be a basis for launch and joint fulfillment of the medium transport aircraft program in accordance with Indian customers' requests.
One more direction of further interaction on creation of aircraft of different purposes on the single platform can be developed using experience of the AN−148/AN−158 family. The newest aircraft of the family is the AN−148−301MP intended for maritime patrol. It has high speed typical for jet aircraft. Owing to this, it flies to a patrol zone faster and patrols much bigger area of water as compared to the turboprop airplanes. So, the patrol tasks can be performed by less number of the airplanes.