A civilian version of the deeply modernized Il-76MD-90A transport aircraft will appear in Russia

The deeply modernized Russian military transport aircraft Il-76MD-90A will soon receive a civilian version. Aviation complex named after. S.V. Ilyushina began certifying the winged vehicle according to civil standards.

Let us remember that the Il-76 was built back in the late 60s of the last century. Since then, the aircraft has received a large number of modifications, including a version for controlling nuclear forces, the Il-76SK (Il-82).

At the same time, the Soviet transport aircraft is in service not only in the RF Armed Forces, but also in many other armies of the world. However, the deep modernization of the winged aircraft, completed in 2015, brought the IL-76 to a fundamentally new level.

In particular, the Il-76MD-90A version received new PS-90A-76 engines with a thrust of 14,5 tons. The unit reduced fuel consumption, which made it possible to increase the flight range with a full load of 52 tons to 5 thousand km.

In addition, the new power structure of the wing reduced the weight of the transport aircraft by 20%. The aircraft also received a reinforced landing gear, the latest avionics and an on-board defense system.

In 2020, an automated production assembly line was put into operation at the Ulyanovsk Aviastar plant. The latter made it possible to increase the serial production of transport vehicles, but taking into account the increased demands of the Russian Ministry of Defense, this turned out to be not enough. As a result, modernization at the enterprise continues.

The reconstruction of the assembly shops for the tail unit, center section and aircraft compartments, which should be completed by the end of this month, will allow the production of up to 12 aircraft per year. But this is not enough.

The Russian Ministry of Defense has set the task of organizing the production of up to 20 Il-76MD-90A per year, so work to expand production continues.

However, that's not all. Our military transport aircraft has attracted the interest of buyers from friendly countries. According to preliminary data, about 50 such machines are ready to be purchased from Russia today.

Tellingly, we are talking about a military aircraft. But, as was said at the beginning of the article, its civilian version will appear soon. Consequently, in order to satisfy the enormous demand for this winged aircraft, the Ulyanovsk Aviation Plant will have to perform a labor feat.

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  1. Vox Populi Offline Vox Populi
    Vox Populi (vox populi) 13 February 2024 15: 48
    The capacity of our aviation industry will not allow us to produce aircraft for export in the coming years.
    1. prior Offline prior
      prior (Vlad) 13 February 2024 17: 34
      Traders will sell, even if at the expense of themselves. And then these planes will be delivered by Khaymars to Ukraine, just as Ruslans are delivering now.
  2. Nordus Offline Nordus
    Nordus (Nordus) 13 February 2024 22: 00
    Oh, this modernization of "Moskvich 412")
    The problem with the IL-76, like the IL-96, is engines that are absolutely not economical and not environmentally friendly. This is precisely why Il-96 is a stillborn child that went to waste.
    They want to show exactly the same wunderwaffle in the guise of the Il-76.
    1. Gadley Offline Gadley
      Gadley 15 February 2024 03: 01
      Sir, you are wrong, it’s not the engines, but their number. Moreover, the PS-90A-76 engine has already undergone 3 modernizations and the consumption has been more or less brought up to European standards, but for a civil aircraft you only need to install 2 PD-35 engines, but they don’t exist yet - and that’s bad.
  3. Flight Offline Flight
    Flight (Von) 14 February 2024 12: 05
    The Russian Ministry of Defense has set the task of organizing the production of up to 20 Il-76MD-90A per year, so work to expand production continues.

    Only highly qualified collectors from the south of Dilijan did not mix up anything. Or they didn’t go on vacation together. Otherwise all plans will be lost.
  4. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 14 February 2024 22: 58
    You read, and you understand that they promise nonsense.
    What 50 pieces per hill? there are no contracts, no money, no capacity, and everyone remembers the experience of India, when it gave and gave money for another transport aircraft... but they didn’t even begin to draw it...
    Okay, there are development failures, everyone has them, but when the money disappears into nowhere....?
    1. Gadley Offline Gadley
      Gadley 15 February 2024 03: 04
      SIR, if you read your opus, then you are also gone. but you exist, you just need to set your priorities correctly and there will be no problems.
  5. unc-2 Offline unc-2
    unc-2 (Nikolai Malyugin) 15 February 2024 09: 10
    Long years of stagnation in the aviation industry have led us to the fact that there is a shortage of aircraft on which cadets of flight schools are trained. Czech aircraft have exhausted their resource. We need different aircraft, large and small. Some for civilian needs, others for the military. Any imbalance is undesirable.