… all of which compares favorably – from an operational perspective at least – to the original three-man setup. One of the key issues of the 32’s flight deck was its closed architecture, making it costly and complicated to integrate many non-Soviet systems (especially on smaller, cost-sensitive aircraft such as this). For operators outside the Eastern Bloc, changes to the cockpit were thus limited only to the absolute necessities needed to operate in Western airspace, such as a modern Mode C/S transponder, TCAS system and the occasional basic GPS unit (like here).

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