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Published on Mar 13, 2012
The third batch of Ukrainian modernized An-32s light transport planes are on the take-off position to fly back to India.
Back in 2009, the countries clinched the biggest bilateral deal in Ukrainian aviation history to modernize military cargo planes owned by the Indian Air Force.
The upgraded An-32s have updated equipment for operation from airfields up to four thousand meters above the sea level as well as in hot conditions.
The upgrades will help in increasing payload carrying capacity of the aircraft from around 6.7 tonnes to 7.5 tonnes and aim to prolong the airplanes' service life to 40 years.
Meanwhile, the Indian Air Force assures that not a single Ukrainian plane has been meant to participate in any warfare.
Ukrainian and Indian officials assured that those military cargo planes are to be used for transportation and humanitarian missions.
Experts say India is now actively replacing and upgrading its armed forces which were mostly equipped with Soviet-origin inventory. They say Ukraine has great technical and scientific potential, especially in defence and aviation industries as it inherited the Soviet aeronautics capability.