UK aircraft broker Fortis Aviation has signed a broad agreement with the Tashkent Aircraft Production Factory (TAPO) to market the Ilyushin Il-76 to air force customers worldwide.

Jack Cunningham, managing director of the Stansted, UK-based company, says that the "-relationship is with the factory", not the Ilyushin design bureau. "We do not think we will accomplish civil sales," he says, although he adds that it has not been ruled out.

No sales have been finalised so far but "outline interest" has been shown by Indonesia and India in the Il-76, while Malaysia is interested in using the aircraft as a water-bomber.

The aircraft will be offered with Progress D-30 engines, but a Perm PS-90 option is a possibility.

Source: Flight International