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Ilyushin choice


Russia’s defence ministry has indicated its intention to acquire Ilyushin’s Il-96-400VT and VKP designs to meet its future requirements for 20-40 strategic tankers and four airborne command post aircraft. Ilyushin believes it could sell a further 60VT tankers to export users such as China and India, while the Il-96-400 could also replace Russia’s Beriev A-50 airborne early warning platforms.

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