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An-32 Soviet Transport Aircraft 1/72 Scale Plastic Model Kit Amodel 7296

Theme: Military

Era : 1960-1979

Scale : 1/72

Material : Plastic

Series: Military Transport Aircrafts

Recommended Age Range: 12 Years & Up

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An-32 (according to NATO codification: Cline - "Wedge") is a Soviet military transport multi-purpose aircraft.
The An-32 is the only aircraft in the history of Soviet aviation that was created specifically for export and was not put into service in the USSR.
The Indians realized for themselves the need to use a military transport aircraft to supply high mountain strongholds. The prerequisite for this was the results of the debilitating Indo-Pakistani conflicts and the deterioration of relations with China in the early 1970s.
Initially, the Indian Air Force tried to use the American Lockheed C-130 Hercules, they flew over several high-altitude sites on it, but it turned out that in the conditions of rarefied air on the C-130, the pilots could not cope with the alignment of the vessel, the landings were very hard, and there were some incidents , including an accident with a broken chassis. At the same time, in similar conditions with the An-12, there were no such problems, but due to its large size it was not very suitable for high-altitude sites with difficult approaches.
In any case, Delhi decided to cooperate with the Antonov Design Bureau, it was about the supply of 150 aircraft. Antonov himself invited the Indians to pay attention to the already existing An-26. They took a closer look and found a number of advantages in it, but the customers did not see the opportunity to work from high-altitude airfields due to a lack of engine power.
The requirements for the aircraft were extremely stringent: the machine had to be able to fly in the most inaccessible highland areas on the border with China and Pakistan, have a high thrust-to-weight ratio and high maneuverability on unequipped airfields. The main potential task was to achieve a ceiling of 6000 m on one running engine. At that time, not a single aircraft in the world had such capabilities.
For the designers, the task was initially seen in equipping the An-26 with more powerful engines, a power plant from the An-12 was used, AI-20M engines with a power of 4250 e were installed. l. With. and AV-62I propellers with a diameter of 4.5 m, which made it possible to increase power by 50%. At the same time, it was necessary to install engines above the wing and provide clearances, since the enlarged propellers did not have enough space for rotation, the blades touched the fuselage. The control devices of the power plant were replaced, wheels with brakes of increased energy intensity were installed. In connection with the increased required landing speed, the pressure in the brake system was increased from 90 to 120 atmospheres. The designers changed the RU19A-300 auxiliary engine to a more compact TG-16 turbogenerator capable of starting engines at airfields up to 4500 m. The initial work was completed in the same 1975 year. In the USSR, the aircraft was named An-32.