Vladimir Putin watched the demonstration flight of new Il-76MD-90A transport aircraft, press-service of the president of Russia reports. AEX.ru
“During a visit to Ulyanovsk Region, Vladimir Putin visited the flight-test center of Aviastar-SP and watched the demonstration flight of new Il-76MD-90A transport aircraft there”, - the press-service noted.
We remind you that Vladimir Putin held a meeting in Ulyanovsk “On formation of consolidated state order for civil and transport Russian-produced aircraft for the period until 2020”. The head of Presidental Administration, Sergey Ivanov; vice-premier, Dmitry Rogozin; Minister of Industry and Trade, Denis Manturov; Minister of Defense, Anatoly Serdukov; Minister of economic Development, Andrey Belousov; President of United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), Mikhail Pogosyan, and Governor of Ulyanovsk Region, Sergey Morozov, have also taken part in the meeting.
In addition, according to the press-service of the government of Ulyanovsk Region, the contract on delivery of 39 Il-76MD-90A aircraft to the amount of 140 billion rubles has been signed at the meeting. The document was signed by the Minister of Defense, Anatoly Serdukov, and the president of UAC, Mikhail Pogosyan.
«I am confident that this jet will be in demand and its production will cause the significant increase of Aviastar-SP’s order backlog. That is why we invited all the potential customers. It is the largest order in the history of Russian aircraft industry. Il-76МD-90А is the first new aircraft manufactured by the national aircraft industry over the last 20 years. Ulaynovsk-based enterprise has a lot of work to do. I am sure that the contract will be performed in a quality manner and on time. I will instruct the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Defense to provide all the necessary state guarantees to the enterprise», - Vladimir Putin declared.
The president also congratulated all the participants of development of Il-76МD-90А. «I thank the general designer, director and employees of the enterprise for their great job on development of new Il-76МD-90А aircraft. The development of the advanced transport aircraft was started in 2005. We needed several years to perform the jet’s first flight. The new Il is a really in-demand», - Vladimir Putin said.
Il-76МD-90А is the upgraded version of heavy military-transport Il-76MD aircraft. It is intended for transportation of heavy oversized equipment and cargo. The jet’s engines deliver 10 percent fuel savings, the range of the aircraft is 5000 km (with a payload of 52 tons), its maximum takeoff weight is 210 tons. The jet is able to use unprepared airfields within the altitude range from minus 300 to 3000 meters above sea level.
According to some experts, new navigation, automatic control and communication systems along with glass cabin meet all the requirements to the aircraft avionics and significantly increase the level of flight safety, accuracy of navigation and airlift delivery. New engines, modified wing and beefed-up landing gear expand the jet’s operational capabilities.
At present Aviastar-SP is assembling three Il-76MD-90As. In addition to the jet intended for flight testing, the plant has already manufactured and delivered to TsAGI another jet intended for endurance testing.