Wolves in sheep’s clothing

Iraqi An-32 Clines have seen recent action in an offensive capacity, but the concept of transforming Antonov transports into auxiliary bombers is not new, as Arnaud Delalande reveals.

FLASHPOINT

One of Iraq’s two Antonov bombers heavily involved in the fighting for Mosul, this An-32B is equipped with external pylons on the fuselage sides. Crews use GPS equipment for bombing accuracy.
The shortlived Iraqi Air Force An-32B bomber configuration which used removable roller conveyors to deliver Chinese-made bombs via the rear cargo ramp.

THE INDIAN Air Force (IAF) began to convert its Antonov transports into bombers in 1967 when Wing Commander V C Mankotia took command of 44 Squadron equipped with An-12s.

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