Antonov An-132 takes off

Antonov An-132 first flight

The first An-132 during a taxi test preceding the first flight. (Photo: Antonov)

The Antonov An-132 made its maiden flight today, 31 March 2017, the same day as the Airbus A319neo and the Boeing 787-10 double-stretch Dreamliner.

The Antonov/Taqnia An-132 is an improved version of the Antonov An-32 twin-engined turboprop transport aircraft and is being developed jointly by Saudi Arabia and Ukraine. It is a multi-role aircraft for civil and military missions and it has a cargo capacity of 9.2t.

The An-132 is fitted with two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW150 turboprop engines, and has Honeywell avionics, a Liebherr air management system and a Hamilton Sundstrand Auxiliary Power Unit (APU).

The prototype was rolled-out on 20 December 2016, at Kiev, and today was the maiden flight. The first deliveries are planned for 2018.

Antonov An-132 in the air

The An-132 in the air. (Photo: Antonov)

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