Il-96-400M could become a new “doomsday plane”

Despite the fact that in September 1988 the USSR entered the “club” of manufacturers of wide-body long-haul aircraft, joining Boeing and Airbus, our Il-96-300, unlike its competitors, never became widespread.

To a large extent, the reason for this was four powerful and reliable, but at the same time completely uneconomical engines. In addition, the IL-96-300 crew consisted of three people, which was also associated with some costs.

However, the plane still found its niche. It became in demand in the Special Flight Detachment “Russia” for transporting the President and top officials of the state. At the same time, in 2017, it was decided to develop and build a new version of the aforementioned Il-94-400M aircraft.

The winged aircraft, which differs from its predecessor in a fuselage extended by 9 meters, more powerful PS 90A1 engines and a passenger capacity of up to 370 people, recently made its first test flight.

It is worth noting here that mass production of the Il-94-400M is most likely also unlikely, since the problem with engine efficiency has not been resolved. Yes, in the future there is an option to replace four PS 90A1s with two promising PD-35s. But the latter should be ready only by 2030.

At first glance, it might seem that the new wide-body aircraft would be no more in demand than its predecessor, which means its development was futile. But that's not true.

Firstly, after leaving the joint Russian-Chinese CR929 program, our engineers will have to start designing a new wide-body aircraft from scratch. Experience in creating the Il-94-400M will be very useful here.

Secondly, and this is the main thing, the Il-94-400M can become a new “doomsday plane” and replace the Il-86 VzPU. Of course, the latter is still capable of effectively fulfilling its role, but due to the advent of new types of electronic equipment, all of them simply will not fit into the old aircraft.

As a result, the project to convert the Il-94-400M into a “doomsday plane” has already started and is called “Zveno-3S”. Construction of the first such “flying bunker” is already underway at the Voronezh Aircraft Plant.

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  2. Petr Kochelev Offline Petr Kochelev
    Petr Kochelev (Petr Kochelev) 13 November 2023 19: 34
    And who is to blame for the fact that the engine for the aircraft is still not ready, although more than enough time has passed to create it? Are they cutting the budget?
    1. Platon Verdictov 14 November 2023 12: 52
      What have the communists brought us to? And this demagoguery, under the current guarantor, concerns absolutely all outrages.
    2. Rodomir Vasilevski (Rodomir Vasilevski) 14 November 2023 22: 44
      There was no order for production, the rich bought used planes abroad!!
  3. nov_tech.vrn Offline nov_tech.vrn
    nov_tech.vrn (Michael) 13 November 2023 19: 51
    The IL-86 was massive and would continue to be massive, the IL-96 is its deep modernization. But Gaidar and his gang got involved. Khristenko especially distinguished himself here.
  4. prior Offline prior
    prior (Vlad) 14 November 2023 10: 52
    Russia will not need a “doomsday plane”.
    The pro-Jewish lobby among the government, oligarchs and officials will drive it into a coffin without a nuclear war.
    1. Rodomir Vasilevski (Rodomir Vasilevski) 14 November 2023 22: 42
      How is Ukraine? Where the president is not a Nazi, he’s from God’s chosen nation!
  5. Rodomir Vasilevski (Rodomir Vasilevski) 14 November 2023 22: 45
    Then another Gorbachev will come and ruin everything!!
    1. Nikolaevich I Offline Nikolaevich I
      Nikolaevich I (Vladimir) 15 November 2023 09: 26
      Quote: Rodomir Vasilevski
      The next Gorbachev will come and everything will fall apart!!

      So, it looks like he has arrived... gradually everything is moving towards collapse...
  6. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 15 November 2023 12: 21
    What is the “Doomsday” plane for, just because the USA has one. In all respects, the functionality of such an aircraft is zero, because if the government and the president have to take off in wartime, then things are completely bad and the flights do not change anything. For representation, the Il-96-300 is possible, but only the MS-21 would be enough for the president - there is no need to imitate the United States in everything, because strength does not lie in pompousness, but in the efficiency of the entire state.
  7. AlexSam Offline AlexSam
    AlexSam (Alexey) 15 November 2023 16: 35
    How many brilliant people were noted in the commentary... I never understood the desire of individuals to expose their natural stupidity for everyone to see...
  8. vlad127490 Offline vlad127490
    vlad127490 (Vlad Gor) 15 November 2023 20: 20
    The Russian Federation has the Far East, more than 30 aircraft fly there per day, all aircraft are 100% loaded. Put IL-96 on these lines, make it state. a subsidy to make the ticket 30% cheaper, people will only say thank you. From Vladivostok and Khabarovsk you can get to Moscow by train. Where will you travel from Kamchatka and Sakhalin other than by plane? On transfer bars. The Russian people need the IL-96, but the power brokers and businessmen do not need it.
  9. Khentiamenti Offline Khentiamenti
    Khentiamenti (Hentiamenti) 2 December 2023 13: 31
    God, how we care about the economy, throwing billions down the drain! And here it’s a pity for kerosene. All Khristenko-Gaidar followers