- Russian Military to Receive First Il-476 Transport Plane in 2014
- Aviastar to Build 'Dozens' of Il-476 Transports by 2020
NIZHNY NOVGOROD, January 29 (RIA Novosti) - A prototype Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A (also known as the Il-476) heavy-lift transport plane completed its first prolonged test flight on Tuesday, its manufacturer Aviastar said.
The flight, which lasted four hours and 25 minutes at altitudes of up to 10,000 meters (33,000 feet), was designed to assess the performance of its onboard avionics, engines, automated control system, and other characteristics, Ulyanovsk-based Aviastar said.
The prototype will soon be sent to the Zhukovsky flight test center near Moscow for further trials.
The Il-76MD-90A is an extensively modernized version of the forty-year-old Il-76 military transport aircraft, fitted with a new wing, fuel-efficient high-bypass Aviadvigatel PS-90A turbofans, and a modernized cockpit with so-called "glass cockpit" displays, allowing the flight crew to be reduced to three people.
Russia's Defense Ministry signed a contract last October for delivery of 39 Il-76MD-90As, to be built before 2018.
Aviastar hopes to build up to 100 such aircraft by 2020 for Russian state customers, the company has previously said.
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- shanksinhaStart Production asap21:58, 31/01/2013Timely completion of Il-476(or Il-76MD90A) project is critical for survival of Russian military air lift capability. Russia has large numbers of IL-76 reaching end of their airframe lives, they need to be replaced in near future. Il-476 will also be a useful export for the emerging airlift requirements over the decade. Lack of viable offerings has forced countries like India to look at American options to replace their fleet of Il-76 and Il-78. Hope that the test program is run smoothly and the aircraft enters production in a time bound manner.
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