In case of signing the corresponding contract it is planned to perform the maiden flight of Il-112 light military-transport aircraft by November 1st 2016, ARMS-TASS reports with reference to CEO of Ilyushin Company (Il), Yuri Yudin.
"We believe that in case of signing the contract soon, the first aircraft will perform its maiden flight in two years, in other words - by November 1st 2016. The work is in progress", - Yudin said.
According to him, Ilyushin Company and Russian Ministry of Defense have both approved all the contract terms. The possibility of meeting the requirements of the performance specification has been confirmed, the CEO noted.
"We are waiting for the Minister of Defense to take the final decision. We hope to sign the contract soon. We and our employees are all ready", - Yudin added.
Il-112 aircraft will be manufactured by VASO (Voronezh, Russia); at present the first contract for delivery of 62 vehicles of the type to the Ministry of Defense is being discussed.
According to ITAR-TASS, Ilyushin Company won the tender for development of light military-transport aircraft back in 2003. The first Il-112 turboprop should have been delivered to the Ministry of Defense in 2006, however, the implementation of this program was delayed multiple times and in 2010 the ministry cut off the project’s funding. Nevertheless, in late 2013 Deputy Minister of Defense, Yuri Borisov, stated that the deliveries of Il-112 aircraft will be started in 2017.