Hawker Siddely HS-748 "Avro"

Origin: United Kingdom

Type: Short/Medium-range utility transport.

Accommodation: Three crew.

Number Procured: 69 from HAL Kanpur
........................1st Ac delivered Sept 1961

Units Equipped:
........................Air HQ and Communications Squadron "Pegasus"
........................No.11 Squadron "Rhinos"
........................No.59 Squadron "Hornbills"
........................HQ Training Command Flight
........................HQ Maintenance Command Flight
........................HQ Central Command Flight
........................HQ Eastern Command Flight
........................Navigation and Signals School

Weights: Empty - 11,671 kg (25,730 lbs.)
.............MTOW - 23,133 kg (51,000 lbs.)

Engine: Two Rolls-Royce Dart Rda.7 Mk 532-2L turbofans each producing 2280 ehp.

Speed: Max. cruising speed - 243 knots (280 mph; 451 km/h)

Service Ceiling: 7620 meters (25,000 ft.)

Range: Maximum - 905 miles (1456 km) with maximum payload.

Capacity: 48 paratroopers or 6 tons of freight.

Avionics: Search Radar.

Armament: None

Self Defence: Electronic Counter Measures (ECM).
...................Electronic Support Measures (ESM).

Comments: Deliveries of the Hs.748 to the IAF began in 1964. The Hs.748M was the workhorse of the IAF's transport fleet before the An-12 and An-32 took the role. An estimated 32 aircraft are still in service with the IAF and are mainly used for communication and transport training duties. HAL is planning to modernise some of the aircraft, as the IAF expects to keep them in service till 2020.