Adani Defence & Aerospace which has tied up with Ilyushin Aviation Complex of Russia to offer Ilyushin Il-112 light military transport aircraft to Indian Air Force (IAF) to replace aging An-32 light military transporter after India walked away from joint venture to manufacture Il-214/MTA a 20-tonne aircraft to replace the An-32 transport aircraft in service in both the Indian and Russian air forces.

According to Ilyushin Aviation Complex, Il-112V is designed for transporting and parachuting of light weaponry and equipment, cargoes and military personnel, as well as for transporting a wide variety of cargoes when operated in commercial service. Il-112V is capable of auto landing approaches to categorized aerodromes (minimum requirement being ICAO category II) and manual landing approaches to aerodromes poorly equipped with or having no radio technical equipment.

Chief Executive Officer Ashish Rajvanshi of Adani Defence & Aerospace, said that Joint venture is fully capable of manufacturing whole aircraft locally in India and will be able to meet local indigenous content desired by Indian air force along with local maintenance support ecosystem for the fleet.

IAF operates nearly 105 An-32 transport aircraft, out of which 35 have been upgraded In a $400-million contract signed with Ukraine in 2009 and another 30 are to be upgraded as per 2019 agreements. Ukrainian Antonov and Saudi Arabia’s Taqnia Aeronautics recently showcased An-132 military transport aircraft for the first time at the ongoing Aero India 2019 airshow. An-132 military transport aircraft is a modernized variant of the An-32 cargo plane which includes modern avionics equipment, Pratt & Whitney Canada PW150 engines, new oxygen systems, and improved crew seats.

IAF had walked out of Il-214/MTA military transport aircraft program due to differences with Russia over the choice of engines, which didn’t have Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) system on their engines which is easy on maintenance. Both An-132 and Il-112V comes with turboprop engines featuring a Full Authority Digital Electric Control (FADEC) system.


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