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.