Antonov's AN-132D transport aircraft makes Dowty Propellers fitted debut

Dowty Propellers has provided propellers for the Antonov AN-132 twin-engine transport, marking the latest application for its R408 propeller system, the company said.

Dowty Propellers provided two of the R408 propeller systems and a spare for the AN-132D demonstrator aircraft — which was presented to an international audience at Antonov´s headquarters facility in Kiev.

The R408 propeller system has six all-composite blades with advanced swept design and optimized ARA-D/A airfoil sections to provide climb and cruise performance while generating low noise levels.

The AN-132D demonstrator is being developed by Antonov with participation from Saudi Arabia´s King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST). It is equipped with Pratt & Whitney Canada PW150A turboprop engines, which have logged millions of flight hours powering the Dowty Propellers´ R408 propeller systems.

Dowty Propellers assisted in the R408 propeller system´s integration and commissioning on the AN-132D, and has provided training for personnel from both Antonov and KACST. Technical support from Dowty Propellers will continue for the AN-132´s flight test phase, as well as the multi-purpose aircraft´s demonstration flights.

As a provider of development, manufacture and support of electronically controlled, all-composite propeller systems, Dowty Propellers provides solutions for the propulsion needs of today and tomorrow. Its products are used in applications that range from commercial airliners and military airlifters to multi-role seaplanes and marine hovercraft.