Russia’s presence at the Dubai air show includes a debut for its re-engined Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A transport.

Powered by four Aviadvigatel PS-90 turbofans, the type can carry a 60t payload some 2,160nm (4,000km), or cover 4,600nm with a cargo of 20t.


Source: Rosoboronexport

Transport is powered by four PS-90 engines

Exhibited by Moscow’s Rosoboronexport agency, the airlifter also is equipped with a President-S defensive aids system.

Meanwhile, a prototype Il-76MD-90A has for the first time performed a landing and take-off from a dirt runway.

Russia’s United Aircraft (UAC) notes that the new model’s more powerful engines – installed instead of Soloviev D-30KPs – facilitate “improved take-off, landing and cruising characteristics”, while it also features an updated landing gear.

Il-76MD-90A dirt strip

Source: United Aircraft

Prototype aircraft has taken off from a dirt strip for the first time

“These and other improvements make it possible to operate the transport aircraft at equipped and unequipped [unprepared] airfields, on concrete and dirt runways, in various climatic conditions,” UAC says.

Russia’s air force has received almost 20 MD-90A airframes, from a total order for 28.