Russian military to receive first Il-476 in 2014
The Russian armed forces will start receiving Il-476 heavy transport planes in 2014, the Defence Ministry said. The Il-476 is a significantly modernised version of Russia’s Il-76 Candid transport plane, featuring a fully-digital flight control system, new avionics and PS-90A-76 engines with improved fuel-efficiency systems.
The ministry recently signed a contract worth about 140 billion rubles ($4 billion) with Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) for the delivery of 39 Il-476 planes by 2020.
The Il-476 will be built at the Urals-based Aviastar-SP aircraft-manufacturing plant. A prototype of the plane carried out a maiden flight in September and will undergo a comprehensive testing program for another year. The Russian military has not received new transport planes for the past 20 years.