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Antonov An-32 (Cline)

Tactical Military Transport


The Antonov An-32 Cline was an improvement over the existing An-26 Curl twin-engine transport aircraft.

Detailing the development and operational history of the Antonov An-32 (Cline) Tactical Military Transport.  Entry last updated on 8/6/2019. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©
The Antonov An-32 (NATO reporting name of "Cline") was developed as an improved version of the An-26 ("Curl") twin-engine transport. The An-32 introduced more powerful engines for better "hot-and-high" performance, allowing it to work in rougher conditions than the original An-26 was designed to operate in. The An-26 debuted in 1969 and went on to have a very lengthy service career, one that still continues today, while the An-32 followed in 1976 and has also managed to stay relevant with many world air powers today. First flight was on July 9th, 1976 and production has totaled 361 units - a far cry from the An-26's 1,400 units.

For simplicity, the An-32 retained the same general appearance of the An-26 and it was mostly internally that the new model line earned its own designation and subsequent reputation. The new engines increased performance, particularly for those customers requiring a transport aircraft for operations in tropical and high-altitude environments and this then led to its procurement by many customers in North Africa, the Middle East, and Asia including India, Iraq, and Sri Lanka among others.

The An-32 receives part of its short take-off and landing qualities from its high-mounted wings. The engines are mounted on top of the wings as opposed to under, allowing for complete clearance by ground personnel when working about the aircraft. The high placement of the engines also allows a large-diameter propeller blade to be fitted which helps to generate more thrust. Power is from 2 x ZMKB Progress AI-20DM turboprop engines generating approximately 5,100 horsepower each. From the this base design, several variants have emerged and these feature increased Maximum Take-Off Weights (MTOWs), improved avionics and other systems, and altogether different engine installations. The aircraft's maximum payload capacity was approximately 7.5 tons with cargo entry/exit accomplished from a powered rear-loading ramp under the tail unit. A standard crew is four to include two pilots, a flight engineer and loadmaster. Performance specifications include a maximum speed of 330 miles per hour, a cruise speed of 292 miles per hour and a range out to 1,555 miles. Its listed service ceiling is 31,165 feet.

Variants began with the original An-32 mark. The An-32A was a civilian market version of which 36 were manufactured. The An-32B was an improved An-32 mark and the An-32B-100 followed as a modernized form of that mark. The An-32B-110 introduced a new avionics package and reduced crew workload. The An-32B-120 was similar and outfitted with Western avionics for discerning customers. The An-32B-300 was given Western Allison AE200D turboprops of 4,600 horsepower each, again to reach a broader market audience. The An-32RE is the modernized form of the B-model series. The An-32LL served as a flying laboratory outfitted with various equipment options to suit the role. The An-32MP became and over-water patrol platform with its own equipment set. A firefighting version emerged as the An-32P. A basic cargo mark became the An-32V-200.


YEAR: 1976
STATUS: Active, In-Service
MANUFACTURER(S): Antonov OKB - Soviet Union
LENGTH: 78.02 ft (23.78 m)
WIDTH: 95.80 ft (29.2 m)
HEIGHT: 28.71 ft (8.75 m)
EMPTY WEIGHT: 37,038 lb (16,800 kg)
MTOW: 59,525 lb (27,000 kg)
POWER: 2 x ZMKB Progress AI-20DM turboprop engines developing 5,112 horsepower each driving four-bladed propeller units.
SPEED: 329 mph (530 kph; 286 kts)
CEILING: 31,168 feet (9,500 m; 5.9 miles)
RANGE: 1,553 miles (2,500 km; 1,350 nm)
OPERATORS: Afghanistan; Angola; Armenia; Bangladesh; Colombia; Croatia; Cuba; Equatorial Guinea; Ethiopia; India; Iraq; Ivory Coast; Jordan; Libya; Mexico; Mongolia; Peru; Rwanda; Sri Lanka; Sudan; Tanzania; Ukraine

None typically though some operators have outfitted these transports with conventional drop bomb racks for combat.
Variants / Models

• An-32 - Base Series Production Model Designation
• An-32A - Civilian Market Variant
• An-32B - Improved An-32; Increased Take-Off Weight
• An-32B-100 - Modernized An-32; upgraded engines with 6-bladed propeller systems.
• An-32B-110 - Upgraded avionics suite
• An-32B-120 - An-32B-110 with Western avionics
• An-32B-300 - Outfitted with 2 x Allison AE2100D turboprop engines of 4,600 horsepower each.
• An-32RE - Modernized An-32B variant
• An-32LL - Flying Laboratory
• An-32MP - Maritime Patrol Platform
• An-32P - Firefighting Platform
• An-32V-200 - Cargo version; upgraded engines with 6-bladed propeller systems; upgraded avionics; based on An-32B-100 model.

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Relative Maximum Speed
Hi: 400mph
Lo: 200mph
This entry's maximum listed speed (329mph).

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City-to-City Ranges
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Unit Production (361)
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units

  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.

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Supported Roles
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A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue
Commitments / Honors
Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
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Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon representing modern aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur War
Military lapel ribbon for experimental x-plane aircraft
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