Trying to sell An-124 to Europe is a lost cause, if they wanted a large military transport in numbers, they would have already converted A380.
They already have An-124s under the SALIS agreement where Belgium, Hungary, Greece, Denmark, Canada, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Norway, United Kingdom, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Finland, France, Germany, Czech Republic and Sweden all have the use of two An-124s at any time while if needed 4 more are ready to be used given notice... and they have been used a lot. The agreement expires this December.
With the force increases in Afghanistan I would think they will consider either writing up another agreement or extending the existing lease.
I agree with Vlad that they are too stubborn and thick headed to buy some Ruslans themselves.
The irony is that all the nation states of NATO will waste money on fighters yet as part of a larger force they don't buy all the force multipliers like large transports, jammer aircraft, recon, tankers, etc etc.
When NATO turns up to fight it is US, UK (for how much longer), and France that fill in all the useful stuff and every other NATO country turns up with fighters.
You'd think they would organise themselves better.
Considering IL-96 is a logical replacement to IL-86 Command and Control aircraft , cant they develop such military planes and new gen AWACS and Tanker based on IL-96-400 variant ?
There is reportedly a new AWACS aircraft being worked on right now called A-100 and it is certainly possible that it might be based on the Il-96. It would be a good platform for that and probably cheaper to operate. I would also like to see a smaller less expensive AWACS aircraft like the Yak-44 enter service... it could be exported and could be used to fill gaps and of course it could be carrier capable. It would also be a better buy for smaller countries that want to detect low flying targets inside their airspace.
An Il-96 based AWACS and AEW aircraft would be more fuel efficient and probably have better range and time on station.
It would have similar advantages as a tanker.
Can some one tell me the IL-96 while landing one can hear different beep coming and a lady voice in russian coming in background , do these beeps and voice have special meaning ?
I think the Hind has a similar warning system that is called nagging nadia or something. She is probably saying "Danger close to ground, Pull up" or something to that effect.
They could, but that would make the Il-476 redundant.
The Il-96 will not be a good military transport, it would be a good tanker and with all new Russian tactical and strategic aircraft with inflight refuelling probes you are going to need rather a lot of tankers. This means the Il-76 based tankers can be reverted to transports which is going to be very important for the various military districts because reduced force size means that almost any action will require large numbers of transport aircraft and at the same time inflight refuelling capability for their air assets too.
The upgraded A-50s were not upgraded to the very state of the art because there is another aircraft being worked on.
It has been mentioned in the press by an official as the A-100 and that was all that was mentioned but I would guess that the Il-96 would be more fuel efficient and offer more comfort for the crew and better endurance than the A-50. The A-50 certainly would have the potential to operate from rougher strips but I don't think that is important.
I think the new model of more mobile forces will require a lot more Il-476s or a new replacement like the Il-106. I think a jammer aircraft based on the Il-476 might be on the horizon too, because I had read of a competition between an Il-76 and a Tu-22M3 resulted in a win for the Il-76 because the Il-76 could be fitted with a larger more powerful jammer array and that the engines could supply more electrical power to run the more powerful array.
There is also the A-60 being used to test airborne lasers in Russia that might lead to an aircraft for shooting down aerial targets at long range. This could be used to damage stealth aircrafts skin surfaces to make them not stealthy, or it could be used to defeat optically guided or IR guided AAMs which might become more predominant as each sides aircraft become more stealthy and therefore the standard AMRAAM and R-77 get less effective.
Or it could be used to deal with the new concept of swarm attacks with small UCAVs.