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Should Pakistan buy the AN-132?

Discussion in 'Pakistan Air Force' started by Phillip the Arab, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. Phillip the Arab

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    The AN-132 is a aircraft being jointly developed by Ukraine and Saudi Arabia and is based off of the Soviet era AN-132. What I am thinking is that Pakistan should buy the AN-32 if they can get if for the right price and if variants are available that can suit Pakistan. First of all an AWACS version using the Erieye would be a good choice in my opinion. Secondly a version aerial refueling version which I know Pakistan is lacking in terms of number of tanker aircraft which should be able to be done seeing that a tanker version of a similar size plane is already developed. Gunship version could be useful for Pakistan using 40mm bofors, M61 Vulcan, Hellfires, and maybe a Paveway. You tell me your thoughts on this and if this would benefit Pakistan.

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    Looks small.
     
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    Future heavy lift and medium lift planes Chinese, heavy lift Chinese Heli also an option.
     
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    Its not big your right but much cheaper. 30 million USD per plane while the Chinese Y-20 is 200 million USD, think of it as a C-130 type plane.
     
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    It might be redundant as the PAF has the Saab 2000 and CN235, and the PN has the ATR-72. If anything, I'd keep an eye on the joint-Turkish/Ukrainian An-188.
     
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    what about An-70? a perfect replacement for C-130. But knowing Pakistan they will go for more C-130 as the infrastructure already exists.
     
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    Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Indonesia need a joint project to replace the C-130.
     
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    To be fair the numbers are very limited in terms of ATR-72, Saab 200, and the CN235 and would be cheaper than the AN-188.

    It does not need to never replaced just yet it is still being produced and has spare parts widely available.
     
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    The infrastructure for those 3 aircraft (ATR-72, Saab 2000, and CN235) is already in place, so additional aircraft needs can be filled by boosting their respective numbers.

    I think the real opportunity is in finding a replacement for the PAF's C-130s. Yes, those planes aren't going anywhere any time soon, but as with the P-3Cs, it won't get easier nor cheaper to maintain them. So the An-188 or An-70/An-77 could be interesting, especially the latter if it's roped into the Aviation City initiative in Kamra.
     
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    Its nothing as C-130
    AN-132 is a twin engined turboprop aircraft with less than half load carrying capability of C-130 (8500Kg vs 20000plus for C130). We already have a mix of ATR-72, SAAB-2000 and CN235, No point adding a fourth type.

    Dont you think that Y-20 would be a better option if we were to go for strategic airlift platform? Significantly more load capacity and also for the fact that the platform would be a lot more mature by the time we need it compared to An-188 still in development. If we were to change anything, An-70 with propfan engines would the the plane to look at.
     
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    CN235 is king in this space. very very versatile and reliability is unparalleled.
     
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    isnt Pakistan developing a 30- seat plane ??
     
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    Plus it's still built in Indonesia, so a decent price too should the PAF opt for additional aircraft. I'm surprised the PN and PA didn't standardize on the platform, the PN could've used it for the MPA role.
     
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    navy may need some for patrol crafts used by PMSA
     
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    Wasn’t this discussed under another thread?

    I think Indonesia is also building C-295