Ilyushin has handed over the first serial Il-76MD-90A transport to its Russian air force customer.

A previous example (MSN0108) was rolled out in 2015, says Ilyushin, but during the initial test phase Moscow’s requirements changed “which required substantial modifications to the design”.


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Improvements over the first iteration of the Il-76 include more powerful Aviadvigatel PS-90A-76 engines, stronger wings, and a strengthened undercarriage.

Range with a 52t payload is 2,700nm (5,000km), up from 2,560nm with 40t on the Il-76MD, while maximum payload climbs to 60t, from 48t.

In addition, the new variant gains a glass cockpit and an improved automatic flight control system.

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Russia has 36 Il-76MD-90As on order, plus nine options, records Cirium’s Fleets Analyzer; a second example is currently undergoing flight testing in Ulyanovsk, ahead of delivery. In total, six of the four-engined jets will be handed over this year.

An Il-78M-90A tanker is also in test, says Ilyushin, with the aircraft having made its first flight on 25 January.

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