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.

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