Government of India
Ministry of Defence
Question No. 1595
Answered on 08.07.2019
Deployment of AN 32 aircraft in the North East
Will the Minister of DEFENCE be pleased to state:
(a)whether Government is aware that many AN-32 aircraft in action in the North-East are not upgraded;
(b)the number of AN-32 aircrafts that required upgrade in advance avionics, navigation and communication equipment;
(c)timeline by which the upgrade of Indian Air Force’s AN-32 aircrafts will be complete; and
(d) whether Government will stop use of non-upgraded AN-32 aircrafts in the North-East?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
SHRI SHRIPAD NAIK
(a)to (d) 41 number of aircraft in the AN-32 fleet of IAF require upgradation in advanced avionics, navigation and communication equipment. The upgradation programme of AN-32 is under progress, which is planned to be completed by 2024-25. AN-32 aircraft is the workhorse of the Indian Air Force transport fleet and is used to sustain army troops in far flung areas of North-East. All AN-32 aircraft presently have useful residual life and are fully air worthy.