Ulyanovsk-based aircraft-making enterprise Aviastar-SP plans to manufacture and deliver six Il-76MD-90A military transport planes to Russia’s Defence Ministry in 2019, the Ilyushin Aircraft Company has announced.
The firstIl-76MD-90A plane with the factory No. 0109 from the pre-production batch will be handed over to Russia’s military in the coming days.
“Currently, the new transport plane is being accepted by the operator,” an official of the company says, adding another plane with the factory No. 0110 is completing flight tests and is also being prepared for its delivery.”
Russia’s Defence Ministry signed a contract in 2012, under which the Aviastar-SP enterprise, part of the transport aviation division within the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), is to manufacture 39 Il76MD-90Aplanes for the Russian Armed Forces. Overall, the Russian military is set to acquire more than 100 Il-76MD-90Atransports.
The Il-76MD-90A is a heavily upgraded version of the Il-76MD military transport. The latest modification of the widely known military transport plane is distinguished by its new equipment, including the glass cockpit, modern PS-90A-76engines, the modified wing and the enhanced landing gear. Russia is also developing an Il-78-90A aerial refueling tanker based on theIl-76MD-90A.
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