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    Re: Il-476 Transport

    Post  kvs on Sat Oct 24, 2015 2:04 am

    Just develop new engines for it and stop wasting time with hacks. If it takes 10 years to do this then so be it.
    I bet they would waste 10 years just talking about why things can't be done.

    BTW, spending $10 billion on welfare or on aircraft development is the not the same thing as far as the GDP is concerned.
    The latter creates jobs and a usable product which brings long term GDP growth. The former is all about feel good populism
    that expires almost instantaneously. Russia can find the time and the money to do this right.
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    Re: Il-476 Transport

    Post  Militarov on Fri Oct 30, 2015 4:12 pm

    Russia is going to assemble 7 IL-76MD-90A in 2016, 11 in 2017 and 18 in 2018, apparently this info came from Aviastar-SP.

    My source however: https://twitter.com/KURYERSAT/status/660108031242461184
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    Re: Il-476 Transport

    Post  George1 on Wed Nov 18, 2015 11:17 am

    The fourth serial Il-76MD-90A finally built in Ulyanovsk



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    Re: Il-476 Transport

    Post  ult on Wed Dec 02, 2015 7:20 pm

    First serial Il-76MD-90A has been delivered to the RuAF



























    The second one will be delivered in December. 10 planes under construction right now. They will begin production of the next 5 in 2016. 3 Il-76MD-90A will be delivered next year. After that the rate of production will increase.

    http://www.rg.ru/2015/12/02/reg-pfo/samolet.html#/13908_4eb1813e/1/
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    Re: Il-476 Transport

    Post  George1 on Wed Dec 02, 2015 10:01 pm

    Here says 3rd serial

    http://bmpd.livejournal.com/1604659.html


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    Re: Il-476 Transport

    Post  ult on Wed Dec 02, 2015 10:33 pm

    George1 wrote:Here says 3rd serial

    http://bmpd.livejournal.com/1604659.html

    Yeah. But the first one is being converted into the fuel tanker (Il-78M-90A) and the second one is being converted into AEW (A-100). So in a sense it's a first serial cargo Il-76MD-90A.
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    Re: Il-476 Transport

    Post  George1 on Wed Dec 16, 2015 9:49 pm

    One more Il-76MD-90A in test flights

    http://bmpd.livejournal.com/1631443.html


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    Re: Il-476 Transport

    Post  Austin on Thu Jan 14, 2016 1:33 pm

    Russia to fill gap left by An-70 with more Il-76MD-90A airlifters

    http://www.janes.com/article/57172/russia-to-fill-gap-left-by-an-70-with-more-il-76md-90a-airlifters



    Russia is to fill the gap left in its strategic airlift capabilities by the abandonment of the Antonov An-70 project with Ukraine with additional numbers of the Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A, a senior service official said on 13 January.

    The Russian Air Force (Voyenno-Vozdushnye Sily - VVS) is to receive an undisclosed extra number of the newly introduced Il-76MD-90A to offset at least some of the 60 An-70s that the service was due to induct, of which more than 12 were to be handed over by 2020, the commander of the Military Transport Aviation, Lieutenant General Victor Benedictine, reportedly told Russian journalists.

    Co-development of the An-70 with Ukraine was ceased in early 2014 following the breakdown in relations between the two countries over the ousting of Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych and Russia's subsequent invasion and annexation of Crimea. With relations no better some two years later, Russia appears now to have abandoned the four-engined turboprop aircraft entirely, in favour of its own upgraded jet airlifter.

    The VVS has received the first of 30 Il-76MD-90A aircraft that are expected to be delivered by 2020. Also referred to as the Il-476, the Il-76MD-90A is an upgraded variant of the Soviet-era Il-76 'Candid' that features a digital 'glass' cockpit as well as modernised flight, navigation, and communication systems. Structural improvements include a modified wing and reinforced landing gear. The engines have also been updated, giving the aircraft a 60-tonne payload (up from 40 tonnes for the baseline Il-76) and a 12% reduced fuel consumption.

    The upgraded platform can fly up to 8,500 km with a 20-tonne payload (or 4,100 km with a 50-tonne load), which compares favourably to the 6,598 km with a 20-tonne payload of the An-70. The Il-76MD-90A has a 60-tonne payload compared with 47 tonnes for the An-70.

    Previously the VVS has stated a requirement for 100 such aircraft (as well as about 40 Il-76MD-90A-derived Il-478 tankers and an expected 20 A-100 Airborne Warning And Control System [AWACS] platforms), of which 30 have so far been contracted.
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    Re: Il-476 Transport

    Post  Militarov on Thu Jan 14, 2016 2:00 pm

    Austin wrote:Russia to fill gap left by An-70 with more Il-76MD-90A airlifters

    http://www.janes.com/article/57172/russia-to-fill-gap-left-by-an-70-with-more-il-76md-90a-airlifters



    Russia is to fill the gap left in its strategic airlift capabilities by the abandonment of the Antonov An-70 project with Ukraine with additional numbers of the Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A, a senior service official said on 13 January.

    The Russian Air Force (Voyenno-Vozdushnye Sily - VVS) is to receive an undisclosed extra number of the newly introduced Il-76MD-90A to offset at least some of the 60 An-70s that the service was due to induct, of which more than 12 were to be handed over by 2020, the commander of the Military Transport Aviation, Lieutenant General Victor Benedictine, reportedly told Russian journalists.

    Co-development of the An-70 with Ukraine was ceased in early 2014 following the breakdown in relations between the two countries over the ousting of Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych and Russia's subsequent invasion and annexation of Crimea. With relations no better some two years later, Russia appears now to have abandoned the four-engined turboprop aircraft entirely, in favour of its own upgraded jet airlifter.

    The VVS has received the first of 30 Il-76MD-90A aircraft that are expected to be delivered by 2020. Also referred to as the Il-476, the Il-76MD-90A is an upgraded variant of the Soviet-era Il-76 'Candid' that features a digital 'glass' cockpit as well as modernised flight, navigation, and communication systems. Structural improvements include a modified wing and reinforced landing gear. The engines have also been updated, giving the aircraft a 60-tonne payload (up from 40 tonnes for the baseline Il-76) and a 12% reduced fuel consumption.

    The upgraded platform can fly up to 8,500 km with a 20-tonne payload (or 4,100 km with a 50-tonne load), which compares favourably to the 6,598 km with a 20-tonne payload of the An-70. The Il-76MD-90A has a 60-tonne payload compared with 47 tonnes for the An-70.

    Previously the VVS has stated a requirement for 100 such aircraft (as well as about 40 Il-76MD-90A-derived Il-478 tankers and an expected 20 A-100 Airborne Warning And Control System [AWACS] platforms), of which 30 have so far been contracted.

    Not really 1on1 replacement i was hoping for but oh well. I always had thing for 4 engined medium lifters with turboprop engines.
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    Re: Il-476 Transport

    Post  George1 on Sat Jan 23, 2016 2:40 am

    The picture story about the first flights of Il-76MD-90A as a part of military transport aviation in Russia.





















    http://bmpd.livejournal.com/1693474.html


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    Re: Il-476 Transport

    Post  George1 on Fri Jan 29, 2016 5:30 pm

    Aerospace Forces center in Ivanovo received second Il-76MD-90A newest transport



    Today, the second Il-76MD-90A newest transport aircraft landed on the Ivanovo Aerospace Forces center airfield.

    Before arriving at the center, the aircraft was completely checked by engineers and pilots.

    The first such aircraft was put into service of the center in the early December, 2015. It has already been used in scheduled flights.

    Crew of the second aircraft is to start operating on the transport in the nearest future.

    This is the modern modification of Il-76MD aircraft and designed for performing landing and parachute assault operations, long-range transporting personnel and heavy cargos.

    http://eng.mil.ru/en/news_page/country/more.htm?id=12075177@egNews


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    Re: Il-476 Transport

    Post  Russian Patriot on Mon Feb 29, 2016 5:53 pm

    http://www.airrecognition.com/index.php/archive-world-worldwide-news-air-force-aviation-aerospace-air-military-defence-industry/global-defense-security-news/global-news-2016/february/2462-russia-s-first-upgraded-il-76mdm-military-airlifter-took-to-the-skies.html

    I gather this good news:

    The first upgraded Ilyushin Il-76MDM (NATO reporting name: Candid) military and transport aircraft has performed its first flight at the airfield of the Gromov Flight Research Institute near Moscow, a TASS correspondent reports from the scene.

    After the successful flight, the test pilots from the Ilyushin Aviation Company who operated the aircraft were greeted by Ilyushin CEO Sergei Velmozhkin.

    "This is a new upgrade of the Il-76MD aircraft in service with Russia’s Aerospace Force. The new aircraft has a lot of new equipment, a new navigation complex, new systems to improve its transportation and combat flight characteristics in its missions to carry troops and military hardware," Ilyushin test pilot Nikolai Kuimov said.

    The aircraft’s nose-based electro-optical sight system allows observing landing areas and any facilities both in the infrared and the optical bands. Also, the Il-76MDM aircraft is equipped with a satellite navigation system that meets all the requirements and rules for flights along Russian and foreign air routes that both exist and will appear in future.

    "This is a good aircraft. It flies excellently and shows all the best the Il-76 plane incorporates," Kuimov said.

    The Ilyushin Aviation Company is currently working on two projects for Russia’s Aerospace Force. In particular, it is upgrading in-service Il-76 aircraft and Il-78 (Midas) refueling tankers and manufacturing modernized versions of these planes.

    The first Il-76 aircraft arrived for its upgrade in 2014. Its upgrade was expected to complete in December 2015.
    A new defensive suite mounted on the upgraded Il-76MDM aircraft will defend it from all hostile weapon systems, chief designer of the Il-76 aircraft Andrei Yurasov said.

    "The defensive suite will defend the upgraded Il-76MDM aircraft from all hostile weapon systems," the chief designer said. According to him, the aircraft’s defensive suite includes infrared decoys and other systems.

    The upgrade aimed to extend the service life of serial-produced Il-76 combat aircraft that are currently accomplishing various tasks in Russia and beyond its borders, Yurasov said.

    "This work was aimed at replacing parts and items that are no longer produced in Russia rather than improving the aircraft’s flight characteristics considerably," the chief designer said.

    This work has been done and the aircraft with new equipment can accomplish more complex combat and transportation tasks. "The new aircraft has better pilotage and radio communications characteristics," Yurasov said.
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    Re: Il-476 Transport

    Post  George1 on Mon Feb 29, 2016 11:30 pm

    Lifetime of updated Il-76MD-M is extended by 15 years. Russia to update 41 Il-76MDs

    https://twitter.com/KURYERSAT/status/704409731687981056



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    Post  Svyatoslavich on Mon Feb 29, 2016 11:58 pm

    George1 wrote:Lifetime of updated Il-76MD-M is extended by 15 years. Russia to update 41 Il-76MDs

    https://twitter.com/KURYERSAT/status/704409731687981056


    The most interesting feature seems to be the instalation of a DIRCM suite.
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    Post  George1 on Thu Mar 03, 2016 2:18 pm

    RuAF to get 3 new Il-76MD-90As in 2017. No new airlifters in 2016

    https://twitter.com/KURYERSAT/status/705377673028231168


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    Re: Il-476 Transport

    Post  GarryB on Fri Mar 04, 2016 12:19 am

    The most interesting feature seems to be the instalation of a DIRCM suite.

    I don't see a DIRCM suite... I do see FLIR ball just in front of the nose windows, but no DIRCM turrets.


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    Post  Berkut on Fri Mar 04, 2016 1:19 am

    GarryB wrote:
    The most interesting feature seems to be the instalation of a DIRCM suite.

    I don't see a DIRCM suite... I do see FLIR ball just in front of the nose windows, but no DIRCM turrets.

    Take a closer look.

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    Post  Svyatoslavich on Fri Mar 04, 2016 1:58 am

    GarryB wrote:I don't see a DIRCM suite... I do see FLIR ball just in front of the nose windows, but no DIRCM turrets.
    Also, right above the navigator windows, behind the radome, you will see the UV sensors associated with DIRCM systems.
    And why would Il-76 need FLIR ball? It has huge windows in the chin.
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    Post  Berkut on Fri Mar 04, 2016 4:47 pm

    Are you telling us that humans are able to see in IR and see well at any time of the day? Shit, that is a capability i have missed out on mine Mark 1 eyes.

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    Post  Svyatoslavich on Sat Mar 05, 2016 2:33 am

    Berkut wrote:Are you telling us that humans are able to see in IR and see well at any time of the day? Shit, that is a capability i have missed out on mine Mark 1 eyes.
    Hahaha, very funny. But no, not quite what I meant. I was thinking more about the An-70 prototype and how it received an optronic ball in 2014 right before the Russians jumped off the project, opposed to the newly built Il-76MD-90 which didn't. That ball surely is helpful to give the crew better forward and downward views when landing in short, unprepared runways, but not so much neeeded in the Il-76 with that glass nose (unless they also want to land in unprepared fields in the middle of the night with no lighting, or with very bad weather).
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    Post  GarryB on Sat Mar 05, 2016 9:38 am

    Take a closer look.

    I don't see it in the image... I have read about it in the article FP posted at the top of the page:

    "The defensive suite will defend the upgraded Il-76MDM aircraft from all hostile weapon systems," the chief designer said. According to him, the aircraft’s defensive suite includes infrared decoys and other systems.

    But I don't see it in the image.

    Also, right above the navigator windows, behind the radome, you will see the UV sensors associated with DIRCM systems.
    And why would Il-76 need FLIR ball? It has huge windows in the chin.

    Did you read the article at the top of the page?

    Particularly this section?

    The aircraft’s nose-based electro-optical sight system allows observing landing areas and any facilities both in the infrared and the optical bands. Also, the Il-76MDM aircraft is equipped with a satellite navigation system that meets all the requirements and rules for flights along Russian and foreign air routes that both exist and will appear in future.

    Hahaha, very funny. But no, not quite what I meant. I was thinking more about the An-70 prototype and how it received an optronic ball in 2014 right before the Russians jumped off the project, opposed to the newly built Il-76MD-90 which didn't. That ball surely is helpful to give the crew better forward and downward views when landing in short, unprepared runways, but not so much neeeded in the Il-76 with that glass nose (unless they also want to land in unprepared fields in the middle of the night with no lighting, or with very bad weather).

    Actually thermal imagers cannot see through standard glass and can only see through special crystal lenses, so pointing a thermal sight through the lower windows of an Il-76 would be a waste of time.

    A stabilised IR ball with magnifying optics and thermal imager and laser rangefinder offers excellent observation which is why it is adopted.


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    Re: Il-476 Transport

    Post  Morpheus Eberhardt on Sat Mar 05, 2016 11:59 am

    It seems that the optoelectronic ball at least partially replaces the upper-center window pannel.

    The DIRCM heads may include the objects below and to the front of the main landing gear fairing.
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    Il-476 Transport

    Post  Tsavo Lion on Mon Aug 22, 2016 8:19 pm

    Regarding IL-76s:
    Upgraded IL-76 Service Life Extended by 40 Years: Russian Company Claims  02:45 PM, July 25
    The Ilyushin Il-76MD-M military transport plane is currently performing test flights as part of its production flight tests. "As of today, the plane has performed ten test flights. During the upgrade, the plane’s service life was extended to 40 years. The plane also received a new flight and navigation system and its lighting, airdropping, utility, self-defense and communications equipment has been replaced," the press office of Russia’s Radio-Electronic Technologies Group said last Friday. According to the press office, a multipurpose electro-optical sighting system was installed in the Il-76MD-M plane’s nose to make airdrops more accurate and safer. The system allows watching the drop zone in all weather conditions as it works in the infrared and optical bands. "During the upgrade, the plane received some units interchangeable with parts of the advanced Il-76MD-90A military transport plane," the press office said. According to Russia’s Defense Ministry, the upgrade of the Il-76MD plane to the Il-76MD-M level is expected to cost 30% or less than the cost of advanced aircraft. In all, 41 Il-76MD planes are planned to be upgraded to the Il-76MD-M level. Work is currently under way to upgrade the Il-78 (Midas) and Il-78M aerial refueling planes to the Il-78-2 and Il-78M-2 level, respectively.
    Upgraded Il-76MD-M Airlifter Makes First Flight in Russia
    by Vladimir Karnozov  - March 1, 2016, 10:23 AM
    Russian aircraft manufacturer Ilyushin conducted the first flight of an upgraded Il-76MD-M airlifter on February 28. Chief test pilot Nikolai Kuimov headed the design bureau’s crew for the flight, which was uneventful.
    The Il-76MD-M is a mid-life upgrade of the four-engine Il-76MD airlifter. The flight-test aircraft, registered as RF-76746, was reworked at Ilyushin’s flight-test facility in Zhukovsky near Moscow. The design bureau plans to complete flight tests later this year and use RF-76746 as the prototype to upgrade 40 Il-76M/MDs now in service with the Russian air force. Ilyushin is performing the work under contract to the Russian defense ministry. The latter also plans to fund a similar upgrade on a still undetermined number of Il-78M tankers. The TAPO factory in Uzbekistan built nearly a thousand Il-76M/MDs and delivered the last airlifter in 1992. Forty will be upgraded to the MD-M standard over the next 12 years. The MD-M upgrade targets the youngest part of the Il-76M/MD fleet—mainly those airframes with the longest remaining service life. The upgrade features a modern avionics suite, a new radio communications set and a self-protection system. The aircraft keeps its original Soloviev D-30KP2 engines. Its service life is extended by 10 years to 40 years. Some of the MD-M onboard systems are replaced with systems developed for the new Il-76MD-90A transport, which is being produced by the Aviastar factory in Ulianovsk. As of late February, the Russian air force had accepted two of the 39 Il-76MD-90As it has ordered; a third was undergoing acceptance trials. Aviastar will deliver the -90A model through 2021. Another Il-76MD upgrade solution that centered on replacing the D-30KP engines with Aviadvigatel PS-90A-76 turbofans has been scrapped due to cost. One aircraft, designated Il-76MD-90, underwent flight trials and later provided a testbed for the Il-76MD-90A project. “There will be no massive replacement of D-30KP engines by the newer PS-90A on in-service aircraft,” Ilyushin general designer Nikolai Talikov told AIN.  
    Russia’s Il-76MD-M Plane Undergoing Production Flight Tests  26 july 2016
    The Ilyushin Il-76MD-M military transport plane is currently performing test flights as part of its production flight tests, the press office of Russia’s Radio-Electronic Technologies Group said. "As of today, the plane has performed ten test flights.
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    Post  Tsavo Lion on Tue Aug 23, 2016 3:55 am

    Good points! BTW, many Il-76MD-Ms &/ Il-76MD-90As may be ordered by current Il-76 users:
    At least four countries - Iran, Algeria, South Africa and Kazakhstan - had shown interest in buying the Il-76MD-90A (also known as Il-476), the general director of aircraft-maker Aviastar-SP said Friday.
    ULYANOVSK (Sputnik) — Russia's Ilyushin Il-76-MD-90A heavy military transport aircraft has a promising exports potential and its first deliveries to foreign customers deliveries may begin as early as in 2017, the general director of aircraft-maker Aviastar-SP said Friday. .."I think, that the Il-76-MD-90A has a big exports potential…I hope the first plane will be ready for export in 2017," Sergei Dementyev told RIA Novosti.
    According to the general director, the aircraft-maker has plans to expand the production capacity of the modernized Il-76, which would allow the company to produce up to 18 aircraft a year. Under this financial model, Aviastar-SP would make up to 190 heavy transport planes by 2030, Dementyev said.
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    Post  George1 on Wed May 31, 2017 4:20 am

    VTA plans to receive three new IL-76MD-90A aircraft in 2017.

    "Last year we received two such aircrafts, three of which are planned, and currently we are actively training the new instructors and instructors on the basis of the training and re-training center for pilots in Ivanovo," Vladimir Benediktov said.

    The IL-76MD-90A, on which more economical and less noisy PS-90 engines are installed, is, according to Benediktov, "an entirely new aircraft."

    "The weight of the aircraft is increased, the chassis is strengthened, and its other, more sophisticated, airborne equipment is superior to the IL-76MD in terms of carrying capacity." The capabilities of the new aircraft are increased by 30-40%, including the landing of combat airborne troops, including BMD-4, said the general.

    Plans for the next year

    Military transport aviation expects to receive the first two modernized Il-76MD-M combat aircraft in 2018, said Vladimir Benediktov.

    "Active work is under way to modernize the basic aircraft of the IL-76MD system." Now the testing at the enterprise is coming to an end, and next year we plan to get the first two modernized Il-76MD-M aircraft, which will later come in place of existing ones. The life of the aircraft, the use of this type of resource for more than 50 years.It is world practice, there is nothing special about this, "he said.

    According to the general, the IL-76MD is a "proven, reliable, proven aircraft." The upgraded IL-76MD-M has an updated flight-navigation complex, an onboard defense complex, avionics, as well as radar equipment and a sighting complex.

    "This aircraft is a kind of intermediate machine between the IL-76MD and the IL-76MD-90A," Benediktov stressed.
    New division and regiment BTA

    The commander of VTA also said that the new military transport avia-divisions and the regiment in the Orenburg and Ulyanovsk regions will be formed in the second half of 2017, respectively.

    "The main thing for us will be the formation of a new unit - a military transport aviation division with a headquarters in Orenburg, as well as a VTA regiment with a base in Ulyanovsk, and new airplanes Il-76MD-90A will be supplied to this new aviation unit. We are the task, "said Vladimir Benediktov.

    He added that today "measures are being taken to select personnel and train all categories of servicemen" for service in new formations.


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