One more Il-76MD-90A made its first test flight in Ulyanovsk region

On 7 November, the fourth heavy transport aircraft Il-76MD-90A constructed for the Russian Air Force got off the ground. The plane will be sent to the customer after the flight-testing.


"Since 2012, the Ulyanovsk aircraft factory has been working on state orders to make heavy transport aircraft for the benefit of our military and security forces. The plant’s staff face the challenge of providing military and civil versions of this aircraft. Our priority is to ensure that the largest production has enough orders, which, in turn, will help its employees with full-time employment and good salaries", – the Governor Sergey Morozov noted.

Il-76MD-90A is an upgraded version of the well-known aircraft Il-76. The new integrated flight and navigation system, the automatic control system, the communications system and the “glass cabin” comply with all up-to-date aircraft avionics requirements and significantly increase the flight safety, navigation and cargo. Replacement of standard D-30KP2 engines with the cutting-edge PS-90A-76 ones, installation of a modified wing and a reinforced landing gear significantly improved the aircraft performance.

"Il-76MD-90A is the second generation of Il-76 military transport aircraft. The first flight took place in September 2012, and the first test flight of the updated version was performed in December 2016. Yesterday Il-76MD-90A with the serial number 0109 took off. This is the first production aircraft constructed in compliance with performance specifications of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation", – said Alexey Rogozin, Vice President for transport aviation of PAO "UAK", Director General of PAO "Ilyushin Aviation Complex".

Currently AO "Aviastar-SP" is implementing a complex project to manufacture Il-78M-90A aircraft for the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. It is planned to sign a contract with the Ministry of Defense for mass production of liquid cargo carriers.

A new improved modification of the fuel-servicing plane Il-78M-90A has been created based on the latest transport aircraft Il-76MD-90A. Il-78M-90A will ultimately become the main fuel-servicing plane adapted for air refueling of long-range, front-line and special aircraft.

It is planned that the prototype of the first Russian fuel-servicing plane constructed by Ulyanovsk Aviastar will be operational in 2019.

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AO "Aviastar-SP" is one of the most advanced aircraft-construction enterprises equipped with high-quality facilities. The manufacturing complex performs a wide range of production operations from forming and mechanical processing to the final assembly and testing of aircraft equipment.

The Ulyanovsk aircraft factory is one of the key enterprises of the transport aircraft division created in UAC (United Aircraft Corporation) and is also part of PAO "United Aircraft Corporation". PAO "Ilyushin Aviation Complex " acts as the individual executive body.