The contract with Ukraine for upgradation of the Indian Air Force’s An-32 transport aircraft has not been terminated, parliament was informed on Monday. “Out of 105 AN-32 aircraft planned for upgradation, 55 aircraft have been upgraded – 40 aircraft at Kiev, Ukraine and 15 aircraft at 1 BRD (Rase Repair Depot), Kanpur,” Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik told the Rajya Sabha in a written reply.
Upgradation of the remaining aircraft was planned in a phased manner depending upon the supply of kits by Ukraine, he said. Naik said equipment fitted on the An-32 aircraft was functional and serviceable on all aircraft that were flying.
“All transport aircraft in IAF cleared for flying are fully airworthy,” he added.
This comes days after the Indian Air Force on Saturday evening retrieved all the 15 members of the search and rescue team engaged in the search of the AN-32 aircraft who got stranded in the crash site along the Indo-China border. Read More