India's exit from the IL-276 project played into Russia's hands


Domestic IL-276 finally completes its long and thorny journey. The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation chose it as a medium military transport aircraft. In 2023, the machine will begin to pass state tests, and from 2029 its serial production will begin with the prospect of reaching a pace of 12 units per year.


The need for a new military transport in our country arose in the late 80s. However, there was simply no money to create a car from scratch.

Russia found a way out of this situation in cooperation with India, which supposedly also needed airplanes to transport cargo. So, in 2001 a joint venture was created. Financing was undertaken by India, but as repayment of debts to the USSR.

As it turned out later, the Russian "partner" pursued its own goal, which was to gain experience in the design of complex structures, rather than creating an aircraft. Thus, having received the desired, India withdrew from cooperation in 2015 without explanation. Such a step, however, has benefited Russia itself.

Freed from the “unreliable” partner, KB Ilyushin continued to work on a promising transporter, focusing on tasks that are of interest to the Russian Ministry of Defense. The Hindus put forward very specific requirements to the new aircraft, which did not always coincide with ours. As a result, the IL-276 was developed specifically for the Russian Aerospace Forces, which occupied a niche between the light IL-112 and heavy IL-76.

Today, the aircraft project exists in 4 versions: an airborne transport carrier, a hospital, a communications point and an air tanker. The machine is capable of taking on board up to 150 paratroopers in full gear or up to 20 tons of payload. The maximum flight range of the IL-276 reaches 7 thousand km, the ceiling is up to 12100 meters, the cruising speed is 800 km / h, and the maximum - up to 870 km / h.

In the near future, the PS-90 engine is planned to be replaced with the latest PD-14. The service life of the machine is 35 years and allows you to make 24 thousand sorties.

At the same time, the maximum cost of creating a production car reaches $ 17 million, which is as much as 53 million cheaper than the release of the American competitor C-130J.

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  1. Dan Offline
    Dan (Daniel) 20 June 2020 12: 35
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    Today plane exist in 4 versions: an airborne transport carrier, a hospital, a communications point and an air tanker. The machine is capable of taking on board up to 150 paratroopers in full gear or up to 20 tons of payload.

    Exist???? When did you manage? Or is it the author’s dream? wassat
  2. Sergey Latyshev Offline
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 20 June 2020 15: 39
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    Ha ha ha .... for bad dancers forever India is to blame ...

    Just read: 2001 - started, 2017 - they just came up with the name (16 years old bye-bye), 2020 !!!! there is nothing yet, except for the project (there is no engine either), 2023 - there can only be tests (A IL usually breaks all deadlines), 2029 (after 30 years !!!) - the beginning of production - if oooh very lucky.

    Which Indian dancer can stand it? He already has time to grow old !!!
    The Indians realized this by 2005, spat and left the then unnamed project.

    Well, and the Russians, on the eve of a new endless constitution, are forced to read THIS ...

    "Played into the hands of Russia" ......
    1. General Black Offline
      General Black (Gennady) 20 June 2020 20: 49
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      The Indians realized this by 2015, spat and left the then-unnamed project.

      And before that, 14 years of saliva accumulated?
      1. Sergey Latyshev Offline
        Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 22 June 2020 08: 47
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        What a cynic you are.
        They danced and hoped, danced and hoped ...... still paid:

        Financing was undertaken by India.

        - and the results are zero.
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          General Black (Gennady) 22 June 2020 09: 07
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          Well, dance less.
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    3. Observer2014 Offline
      Observer2014 20 June 2020 22: 59
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      Quote: Sergey Latyshev
      hi Ha ha ha .... for bad dancers forever India is to blame ...

      Just read: 2001 - started, 2017 - they just came up with the name (16 years old bye-bye), 2020 !!!! there is nothing yet, except for the project (there is no engine either), 2023 - there can only be tests (A IL usually breaks all deadlines), 2029 (after 30 years !!!) - the beginning of production - if oooh very lucky.

      Which Indian dancer can stand it? He already has time to grow old !!!
      The Indians realized this by 2005, spat and left the then unnamed project.

      Well, and the Russians, on the eve of a new endless constitution, are forced to read THIS ...

      "Played into the hands of Russia" ......

      Well, it takes so long to invent and do! winked An anecdote with an Estonian on a cart and a rat is resting. recourse
  3. Anchonsha Offline
    Anchonsha (Anchonsha) 20 June 2020 22: 24
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    Well, we somewhat delayed with such an aircraft due to lack of funds, and therefore agreed to cooperate with India. But they also cheated and allocated funds in order to support the development of the project. Apparently, we still have suitable military transport vehicles for operation, and therefore do not customize them with the execution of IL-276 project. And therefore there is nothing to freak out couch-dealers in this regard. Means, business suffers while. Now they have attacked the construction of fishing and military fleets, and this is probably more important.
  4. p164 Offline
    p164 (Paul) 21 June 2020 10: 36
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    Soon the fairy tale was telling ... However, the fairy tale has been telling for a long time ... But the thing was generally somewhere in the thirties ...
    In general, it's cool. You read the "news" about how good it is that we were once again sent somewhere to the farm to catch butterflies, and the soul is directly "happy". How well we felt. Well, after a day of good news. Either from India, or from China ... About the decaying West, I am generally silent. There is less “good” news. Everything has already been sent ... It is now difficult to find a reason. But still they sometimes find it.