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    Re: Il-476 Transport

    Post  Raghu Reddy on Sat Mar 03, 2012 8:56 am

    More powerful engines with better payload!!!

    If the article is true about fuel consumption then it good buy for China's PLAAF. It seems a increase in size and payload means it could also transport Heavy MBTs.

    The difference between C-17s and IL-76s :
    C-17s can carry upto 70 tons - Adrams, Arjun MBTs
    IL-76s can carry upto 50 tons - T-72s and T-90s MBTs
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    Post  GarryB on Sat Mar 03, 2012 9:18 am

    More powerful more efficient engines that meet European noise requirements...
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    Post  George1 on Thu Jul 05, 2012 5:21 pm

    Aviastar Sends First Il-76MD-90A Plane for Tests

    Russia's Aviastar aircraft plant has completed the first flying prototype of the Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A transport aircraft and sent it off for test-flights, the plant's general director, Sergei Dementyev, said on Thursday.

    The plant has built two of the modernized aircraft, he said.

    "The first one can only partly be called a plane - it is a testbed we sent to TsAGI (the central aerodynamics institute) in Moscow last year. Today, we completed the second. In addition we have also started building three production-standard aircraft. Assembly of the first of these three production planes will start in August," he said.

    The factory plans to build 16 of the aircraft per year by 2016, for which the plant will take on an additional 5,000 staff he said.

    The Russian Defense Ministry has a stated requirement in its rearmament plan for 90 of the modernized transport aircraft, he said, but no company contract has yet been signed. Aviastar foresees a total production run of around 190 aircraft, with likely civilian customers including Russian cargo airlines Volga-Dnepr and Polet, as well as possible exports to China, India and Israel.

    The new aircraft is fitted with the PS-90A turbofan in place of the older D-30 engine, increasing the aircraft's speed, range, and cargo capacity, which is up from 52 to 60 tons. The modernized Il-76MD090A, also known as the Il-476, also has new cockpit avionics allowing a smaller flight crew.

    "It's a completely new plane," said Chief Designer Sergei Urasov, "which completely differs from its predecessor in terms of systems."

    The Soviet Union produced hundreds of early model Il-76s at its Tashkent factory in Uzbekistan in the 1970s and 1980s. The Il-76 is capable of landing on rough strips and carrying large cargos, and remains popular with outsize cargo airlines and many air forces across the world.

    http://en.rian.ru/mlitary_news/20120705/174420038.html
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    Re: Il-476 Transport

    Post  Dima on Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:28 am

    w.r.t the IL-476, all I can say is that I'm dissapointed on the modification for not being far sighted enough.

    IL-476 still have the same fuselage diameter as the earlier Il-76. It would have been better if they had increased the fuselage size little more so that it is in the size of the An-70 & A-400. This would have nullified the critics on the smaller fuselage of IL-76 for over-sized cargos. Though IL-476 will do a better job than its predecessor in hauling the cargo's that it is currently used to.

    Moreover, with the increased size (dia) of the fuselage, IL-476 could have even effectively competed against the C-17, in the absence of its planned Russian alternative, the IL-106.

    Now the only option to compete (if at all needed) in the C-17 class is to develop the IL-106. If they had modified the IL-476 to a larger dia fuselage, they could have slotted the aircraft right in between the An-70/A-400 and the C-17 class and got hold of both the markets as a bonus.



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    Re: Il-476 Transport

    Post  flamming_python on Wed Jul 11, 2012 9:04 pm

    BTW what is the effective difference between the Il-76MD and the Il-476. Aren't they more or less the same thing? Why these 2 different models?
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    Re: Il-476 Transport

    Post  flamming_python on Wed Jul 11, 2012 9:23 pm

    GarryB wrote:Interesting picture, but unfortunately not accurate... the Il-106 seems to be a dead program though it only died because there was no money for it. The engines and the aircraft were developed and then shelved.

    It would have been an excellent transport that would have been very popular on the export market because it would have had the performance of the C-17 with the cost of a Russian plane...

    [/b]Also the Tu-214 will likely not replace the An-12... the Tu-214 has side doors that require cargo lifting equipment, while the An-12 has a rear ramp for vehicles to drive off themselves.[b]

    A more accurate drawing would show the An-124, Il-476, An-70, and MTA.

    It's not the Tu-214 but the Il-214 according to the drawing. And the Il-214 is the MTA according to Wiki. So, makes sense I guess.

    In regards to the C-17 Globemaster equivelent - wasn't even aware we had a gap in this field. Wonder how we'll fix it. The Il-106 just looks like one of those 90s programs that were lost to chaos and lack of funds. Might as well just come up with something new altogether. Or perhaps a joint venture with some European or Asian country?

    We must. Close. The C-17 class gap! Smile
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    Post  GarryB on Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:16 am

    The Plane that currently fills the C-17 gap would be the An-22 with an 80 ton payload.

    The real problem is that Russia doesn't need a 70 payload capacity aircraft... Russia doesn't operate 70 ton MBTs so it is the wrong category payload aircraft for them.

    The 60 ton capacity of the Il-476 which is very much like an Il-76MF, actually goes a little further and increases the sophistication of the cockpit with a reduced crew requirement through automation of systems and equipment.

    The combination of the 60 ton capacity Il-476 and the 50 ton capacity An-70, and the 20 ton capacity MTA to replace the An-12s in service and of course the An-124s cover the payloads from 120 to 150 tons. There is a large gap between 60 and 120 tons that could be filled by a new aircraft if there was demand... a scaled up An-22 using one of the new jet engines they are working on like the MD-30 would make an interesting gap filler though rather than copying the C-17 I would perhaps go for the 90-100 ton payload class aircraft to go above the Il-476 and below the An-124.


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    Re: Il-476 Transport

    Post  flamming_python on Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:28 am

    GarryB wrote:The Plane that currently fills the C-17 gap would be the An-22 with an 80 ton payload.

    The real problem is that Russia doesn't need a 70 payload capacity aircraft... Russia doesn't operate 70 ton MBTs so it is the wrong category payload aircraft for them.

    The 60 ton capacity of the Il-476 which is very much like an Il-76MF, actually goes a little further and increases the sophistication of the cockpit with a reduced crew requirement through automation of systems and equipment.

    The combination of the 60 ton capacity Il-476 and the 50 ton capacity An-70, and the 20 ton capacity MTA to replace the An-12s in service and of course the An-124s cover the payloads from 120 to 150 tons. There is a large gap between 60 and 120 tons that could be filled by a new aircraft if there was demand... a scaled up An-22 using one of the new jet engines they are working on like the MD-30 would make an interesting gap filler though rather than copying the C-17 I would perhaps go for the 90-100 ton payload class aircraft to go above the Il-476 and below the An-124.

    Tnx for the info. I rather suspect that the An-22 has had its day, and that a new aircraft between the An-124 and Il-476 would not be a priority; given your info. So the Il-476 should be capable of ferrying an Armata (whatever its final weight); and the An-70 - 1 or 2 Kurganets, and more than 2 of anything else. Mayhaps the Il-476 will also go on to replace the standard Il-76s as the airdrop aircraft for the VDV?
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    Post  GarryB on Thu Jul 12, 2012 8:56 am

    They have reportedly been using the An-22s a bit, which suggests there is a need for an aircraft in that weight class, and they are working on a new jet engine... I think in the 30 ton class in a high bypass version that would be suitable for large subsonic aircraft. It would likely be ideal to have a twin engined transport able to carry an 80-110 ton payload, where the 110 ton payload is over reduced ranges with reduced fuel, but with inflight refuelling capacity that would make it a very flexible aircraft as the aircraft could be topped up in flight to restore strategic flight performance.

    So the Il-476 should be capable of ferrying an Armata (whatever its final weight); and the An-70 - 1 or 2 Kurganets, and more than 2 of anything else.

    Pretty much yes. Airlifting armour is actually rare and very much an emergency resort as it is much cheaper to deliver it by rail or sea, but the new vehicles are supposed to be designed to allow air delivery.

    Mayhaps the Il-476 will also go on to replace the standard Il-76s as the airdrop aircraft for the VDV?

    The problems with using the Il-476 for the VDV is that they will belong to the Air Force so the VDV will have to ask for permission to use them. Another problem is the flight speed, which is a bit high for jumping out of a plane.

    The AN-70 will have a lower flight speed and will be safer and easier to jump from, and the VDVs armour will likely be BMD-4M based so the An-70 should be easily able to carry several vehicles at a time as well as troops.

    I rather suspect that some VDV units might become air assault troops delivered by helo, while some will remain air dropped, and further forces will be landed troops that dont parachute and just drive off their aircraft into the area of operations.

    A dedicated force of 40-60 An-70s would be ideal for the mission of supporting the VDV, while the new Il-476s can be used for strategic transport of material from district to district and other duties.

    This is my opinion of course.


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    Re: Il-476 Transport

    Post  Dima on Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:14 am

    GarryB wrote:The Plane that currently fills the C-17 gap would be the An-22 with an 80 ton payload.

    The real problem is that Russia doesn't need a 70 payload capacity aircraft... Russia doesn't operate 70 ton MBTs so it is the wrong category payload aircraft for them.
    I agree on the tonnage capacity and I'm no critic of the IL-476 on that matter. But, its the width of the cargo hold that doesn't go well with me. The IL-76 have too little space after the tanks are loaded and itz indeed a very tight fit. The loading and unloading is not easy also. Thats is why I feel they should have enlarged the fuselage dia by atleast 1-2 meters.

    If the modernization was just for making it digital then we have to accept that there is no new IL-76. But if they made IL-476 as a "ew" aircraft, it was a very myopic plan. If they are planning to use the IL-476 for transporting their tanks, its is going to have the very tight fit of its predecessor and the associated loading/unloading issue inside the cargo hold. How could they have ignored the lack of space for accommodating the MBT is simply beyond my understanding.

    The 60 ton capacity of the Il-476 which is very much like an Il-76MF, actually goes a little further and increases the sophistication of the cockpit with a reduced crew requirement through automation of systems and equipment.
    Yes, that is the only good part of the IL-476. It will do the job that is already the specifics of the Il-76, better.

    There is a large gap between 60 and 120 tons that could be filled by a new aircraft if there was demand... a scaled up An-22 using one of the new jet engines they are working on like the MD-30 would make an interesting gap filler though rather than copying the C-17 I would perhaps go for the 90-100 ton payload class aircraft to go above the Il-476 and below the An-124.
    For that gap filler, IL-106 will need to be developed. Time for An-22 is over and new design have to be put into service if the requirements is genuine and long term. The alternative was IL-476 with larger fuselage diameter. Unfortunately, Russia missed this opportunity.

    A wider fuselage IL-476 with 4 x NK-93 (which is probably dead?) with 18-20 ton each for a total of 72-80 tons thrust OR an IL-476 with 4 x PD-30 with 28-30 tons each for a total of 112-120 tons thrust would very well fit in that gap.

    Or lets for a moment call this wider-fuselage IL-476 as IL-106, then we would see that probably there is a need for such an aircraft. ;-)
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    Re: Il-476 Transport

    Post  Dima on Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:20 am

    GarryB wrote:They have reportedly been using the An-22s a bit, which suggests there is a need for an aircraft in that weight class, and they are working on a new jet engine... I think in the 30 ton class in a high bypass version that would be suitable for large subsonic aircraft. It would likely be ideal to have a twin engined transport able to carry an 80-110 ton payload, where the 110 ton payload is over reduced ranges with reduced fuel, but with inflight refuelling capacity that would make it a very flexible aircraft as the aircraft could be topped up in flight to restore strategic flight performance.
    I would have preferred to see the ducted propfan NK-93 getting developed further. A NK-93 variant in the region of 24-28 tons thrust would have given adequate power to the above said aircraft with much better fuel efficiency than the turbofans.

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    Post  GarryB on Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:46 am

    I agree on the tonnage capacity and I'm no critic of the IL-476 on that matter. But, its the width of the cargo hold that doesn't go well with me. The IL-76 have too little space after the tanks are loaded and itz indeed a very tight fit. The loading and unloading is not easy also. Thats is why I feel they should have enlarged the fuselage dia by atleast 1-2 meters.

    If the modernization was just for making it digital then we have to accept that there is no new IL-76.

    AFAIK the Il-476 is more than an Il-76 with a digital cockpit.

    It has in addition to a digital cockpit, new wings of new more efficient design and new engines that are more powerful and more fuel efficient, and the payload capacity is increased by 1/3rd from 40 tons to 60 tons.

    Personally I think it is a good step forward and worthy of a new designation.

    It should also be kept in mind that in addition to a cargo variant that it will also replace the A-50 with a new model called A-100, and that it will also replace and expand on the inflight refuelling Il-78 as well as elint and jammer models.

    I agree that enlarging its width might have been a good thing to do, but keep in mind that the new brigade structure will mean that there will be a few heavy brigades and a lot more medium brigades and even more light brigades, so the vast majority of brigades will be light and medium and as such will have a fleet of vehicles that weigh in the 25 ton to 35 ton range for the medium brigades and the 10-18 odd ton range for the light brigades.

    Only the heavy brigades will have 55-65 ton vehicles... and those 65 ton vehicles would likely be the 152mm artillery models of Coalition. The reduction in size of the turret to make them air transportable by removing one of the two heavy guns and their dual belt feed systems should reduce its weight by several tons and make it transportable in an Il-476 too. If not then the artillery element can be transported by an An-124, but at the end of the day it makes more sense to transport such heavy units by boat or by train.

    Still it wouldn't hurt to have a transport in the 90-110 ton class... in the upper weight class perhaps two Armata tank vehicles could be carried at a time.

    It is my understanding that the MD-30 new jet engine they are working on uses the NK-93 core as a basis...


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    Re: Il-476 Transport

    Post  GarryB on Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:54 am

    A wider fuselage IL-476 with 4 x NK-93 (which is probably dead?) with 18-20 ton each for a total of 72-80 tons thrust OR an IL-476 with 4 x PD-30 with 28-30 tons each for a total of 112-120 tons thrust would very well fit in that gap.

    Or lets for a moment call this wider-fuselage IL-476 as IL-106, then we would see that probably there is a need for such an aircraft. ;-)

    I think a quick upgrade of the Il-76 is what is needed at the moment and that the Il-476 solves the problem of what to replace the Il-76 with that has similar speed and range and better payload.

    I agree that the Il-106 needs to be developed and adapted and in a year or three they will have a much better idea of what they will need for their transport needs and then would be a good time for a four engined wide bodied heavy medium strategic transport in the gap between the An-124 and the Il-476.

    I am sure it will be an excellent new transport and I think countries like France and Italy and Germany might even buy some because they will be so useful and no where near as expensive as the C-17 yet more capable. Of course countries like Australia and the UK will stick with the C-17, but countries like Canada and others might consider a new and capable transport in the 90-110 ton class. There is no European equivalent and the US option is very very expensive. Half a billion dollars per aircraft... buy two transport planes or a state of the art nuclear attack submarine... I know which would be more useful and it is not the two planes, because for that price you could probably buy 4 Il-476s AND 2 An-124s and still have change for operational costs.


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    Re: Il-476 Transport

    Post  George1 on Thu Jul 12, 2012 11:30 am

    We say about the gap between Il-76 and An-124. US also have a gap between C-130 20tn and C-17 80tn. And Russia has 2 types there (An-70 and IL-76 at 50,60 tn). I dont see any need for such a variation in transport fleet.
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    Post  GarryB on Fri Jul 13, 2012 2:32 am

    We say about the gap between Il-76 and An-124. US also have a gap between C-130 20tn and C-17 80tn. And Russia has 2 types there (An-70 and IL-76 at 50,60 tn). I dont see any need for such a variation in transport fleet.

    This is a good point George... Russia shouldn't develop transport aircraft just to compete with western aircraft, they should fill a real role for the Russian military.

    If you have a set of screwdrivers but only ever use two or three different sizes and types then it would be a bit silly to carry them all around with you all the time... it makes more sense to just take the common standard types, and when it comes time to replace them don't buy a full complete set... just buy the ones you need and save some money and space.

    The thing is that they currently have the An-22 in the 80 ton payload class and they do actually use it a bit, so another aircraft in that weight class would be useful.

    It comes down to cost... lets say you have a fleet of An-140s with a 6 ton payload, MTAs with a 20 ton payload, Il-76s with a 40 ton payload but also strategic range, An-70s with a 50 ton payload, Il-476 with a 60 ton payload and strategic range and an An-124 with a 150 ton payload and strategic range.

    Obviously the An-124 is going to be the most expensive to operate and for very short moves it probably makes more sense to break the load up into smaller loads and carry it on smaller aircraft.

    With the above range of aircraft any payload over 60 tons needs an An-124. The vast majority of the time most of the aircraft above will carry much lighter loads and you may find that because no other aircraft is available that you might only have a 5 ton payload on a return journey for an An-124.

    The point is that the more weight class options you have the more efficient you can be with your deliveries and transport schedule.

    A good example was in Afghanistan where 2 tons of post and supplies were delivered to Soviet outposts via 10 ton Mi-8s, where a smaller lighter helo could have done the job better if one was available. Something like the Ka-226T would have been ideal in the hot and high environment and would have been much cheaper and easier to use for that purpose.


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    Post  flamming_python on Fri Jul 13, 2012 7:11 pm

    GarryB wrote:The problems with using the Il-476 for the VDV is that they will belong to the Air Force so the VDV will have to ask for permission to use them. Another problem is the flight speed, which is a bit high for jumping out of a plane.

    The AN-70 will have a lower flight speed and will be safer and easier to jump from, and the VDVs armour will likely be BMD-4M based so the An-70 should be easily able to carry several vehicles at a time as well as troops.

    I rather suspect that some VDV units might become air assault troops delivered by helo, while some will remain air dropped, and further forces will be landed troops that dont parachute and just drive off their aircraft into the area of operations.

    A dedicated force of 40-60 An-70s would be ideal for the mission of supporting the VDV, while the new Il-476s can be used for strategic transport of material from district to district and other duties.

    This is my opinion of course.

    Sounds logical. Then there is a problem therefore; with what exactly the Il-476 WILL be used for.

    The problem with the Il-476 and the rest of the Il-76 series, is as Dima mentioned; the narrow fusselage makes for a very tight for for all sorts of vehicles. Some even have to be partially dis-assembled, and some won't fit at all.

    The An-70 presents a solution to this problem with its wider fusselage. From what I read; the aircraft set some kind of record for hauling a 55 ton load to an altitude of some +7km or so. Which puts it in exactly the same class as the Il-476 and means that it's probably capable of hauling anything the Il-476 can. And now given that the An-70 is seemingly better suited for airdrops too; one wonders where exactly the Il-476 will find its niche...
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    Post  GarryB on Sat Jul 14, 2012 2:18 am

    Sounds logical. Then there is a problem therefore; with what exactly the Il-476 WILL be used for.

    The problem with the Il-476 and the rest of the Il-76 series, is as Dima mentioned; the narrow fusselage makes for a very tight for for all sorts of vehicles. Some even have to be partially dis-assembled, and some won't fit at all.

    When it could carry 40 tons, the older model Il-76s wouldn't have had a problem because the vehicles that were too wide to fit in... like tanks, would be too heavy to carry anyway.

    Now that it can carry 60 ton payloads its lack of width might be a problem.

    The An-70 presents a solution to this problem with its wider fusselage. From what I read; the aircraft set some kind of record for hauling a 55 ton load to an altitude of some +7km or so. Which puts it in exactly the same class as the Il-476 and means that it's probably capable of hauling anything the Il-476 can. And now given that the An-70 is seemingly better suited for airdrops too; one wonders where exactly the Il-476 will find its niche...

    The An-70 is the theatre transport... think of it as an enlarged An-12 with a bigger payload.

    The Il-76 is a strategic transport for much longer distances and in the 476 model slightly heavier payloads.

    The An-70 is optimised for short and rough field take offs, as is the IL-476 and IL-76, but the figures released need to be taken with a grain of salt. A Candid can take off from grass but not at its maximum weight. It is the same for the An-70. From a rough strip the An-70 can carry 35 ton payloads, and the reduction in fuel to take off from rough fields means the range is much shorter with that reduced payload, and it is the same for the Il-76.

    I wonder, if internal width is a problem, why the Indians want the MTA joint venture replacement for the An-12 to have the same internal cargo bay dimensions as the Il-76... or is it that they want the same dimensions as the Il-476 which might have increased the internal dimensions.

    Most of the reports I read on the international use of the Il-76 seem to sing its praise, and it seems to be much more successful than its C-141 rival.


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    Re: Il-476 Transport

    Post  TheArmenian on Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:18 am

    The Il-76 is (and still is) the best inits class. C-17 is a bigger aircraft and the AN-70 is significantly smaller. The IL-76 was ahead of its time when first introduced during the early seventies

    Its production was in TAPO in Uzbekistan. The plant was closing down. Russia had to bring its production home because a lot of Russian aircraft component manufacturers (for their own survival)need that plane to be still made somewhere.
    The Il-76 and its modifications (AWACS and refueling tanker versions) can be made in short time. No need to spend large sums and wait for years to get some other aircraft to do transport/early warning/tanker duties.

    The Il-476 that will be produced in Aviastar (Ulyanovsk, Russia) can also be made in the stretched version. Combined with the more efficient wings, engines and a glass cockpit, it is a truely modern age transport/AWACS/tanker ready to be produced immediatly and with all the bugs cleared out long time ago.

    As for the cargo load width. The Russians (and other countries) have been happily buying and using this plane in large numbers (about 1000 produced) over the decades. I guess cargo load width is not as great an issue as some would like to think.

    The AN-70 doesn't come close: it still needs time and money to be fully developped, it will have its own set of bugs and issues to be dealt with, production will need some time to be ramped up. And you still need to spend huge sums to develop AWACS and tanker versions....and it still won't be able to transport a T-90 (let alone an Armata).

    I am not against AN-70. It can find a niche in many roles such as being the main transport for the airborne VDV for example. But the Il-476 program is more crucial to Russia.
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    Post  GarryB on Sun Jul 15, 2012 1:43 am

    Well said.

    Would say I have nothing against the An-70 either, but it seems to have magical numbers.

    An F-16 can carry 7+ tons of external stores and can fly at Mach 2 and can fly a mission of up to 2,000 km, and can fly at x thousand feet altitude... but it can't do all these things at once.

    A 7 + ton payload and it is a subsonic aircraft.

    With the An-70, a rough field take off and it is a theatre transport carrying between 20 and 30 tons.

    At about 3.4m wide the internal width of the Il-76 is marginal for the new Armata vehicles which will have three crew seated side by side in the front hull which means they might be wider than standard tanks, but at 55-65 tons they will only be driving one on board anyway.

    The 47 ton payload limit of the An-70 will means upgraded T-72s only.

    As I mentioned above they are working on a new jet engine in the 30 ton thrust class called the PD-30, which is just under double the thrust of the older engines fitted to the Il-76s. The potential for a future model Il-476 to have two engines removed and the remaining engines replaced with PD-30s would be interesting as this would greatly reduce drag with two less engines and also simplify maintainence and internal wiring and plumbing.

    The potential for a new transport with three or four engines in the 90-110 ton class would make it interesting too.

    The air transport option for Russian armour is emergency use only because it is expensive and vulnerable, but it would greatly increase mobility and flexibility in the field. With the planned and projected forces of An-70 and Il-476 they should be easily able to deploy light and medium units, with the An-22 or An-124 needed only for Coalition at 65 tons or to carry multiple smaller vehicles at a time.

    A 90-110 ton class aircraft would be useful to free up An-124s for other duties... like carrying around truck mounted ballistic and cruise missile carriers on their TELs... Twisted Evil


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    Post  Russian Patriot on Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:10 pm

    Some more info in Russian and photos here : http://topwar.ru/10412-il-476.html
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    Post  George1 on Thu Oct 04, 2012 6:22 pm

    http://en.rian.ru/mlitary_news/20121004/176407559.html

    Russian Defense Ministry Signs Multi-billion-dollar Plane Contract

    Russia's Defense Ministry on Thursday signed a contract worth about 140 billion rubles ($4 billion) to buy 39 IL-476 transport planes, President Vladimir Putin announced.

    "This is the first, essentially new plane, that Russia's aviation industry has produced in the past 21 years" President Putin said "I am confident that this plane will enjoy great demand here, and among our possible partners abroad."

    The Russian President made the announcement while watching the modified IL-76 undergo flight tests at the Aviastar-SP aviation complex in Ulyanovsk. The plane completed a flight test that lasted approximately 15 minutes.

    Although externally the modernized plane bears a close resemblance to its predecessor, the new plane boasts modernized wing-construction, the body has been reinforced, and the engines updated. The on-board communication and navigation systems have also been updated.

    Russia's rearmament program envisages the purchase of 100 of these updated planes, currently two have been built - one for flight tests, and a spare.
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    Re: Il-476 Transport

    Post  GarryB on Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:50 am

    Excuse me but i would like to know this. In which cases russian transports will carry tanks? And where are they going to drop them?

    BTW there is no way they would "drop" MBTs, or any vehicle in an armata brigade.

    They will land them... ie if there was trouble in the southern district then vehicles might be deployed from the Far East by aircraft to airfields in the Southern District in a few hours to support operations.

    It is strategic mobility in less time than it takes to move vehicles by train or ship.


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    Post  George1 on Fri Nov 23, 2012 5:17 am

    The airborne forces will acquire more than 100 Il-76-МD-90А aircraft by 2020

    The Russian airborne forces may acquire more than 100 advanced Il-76-МD-90А military-transport aircraft by 2020, the Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the airborne forces, Andrey Kholzakov said, Vzglyad.ru reports.

    «The fleet of transport aircraft allows performing the combat training program in full including jumping from the heavy Il-76 jets. At present Il-76 is the main vehicle of the airborne forces. Nevertheless, we hope to take the deliveries of over 100 advanced Il-76-MD-90A jets by 2020», - Kholzakov siad.

    He has also expressed satisfaction with the claimed performance of the new An-70 military-transport aircraft. «It is expected that An-70 will be more cost-efficient, because Il-76 is able to transport 3 combat vehicles, while An-70 can transport only two ones. However, the aircraft has not been delivered to us yet so it is rather hard to compare it with the existing vehicles. Judging by the claimed performance, I can say that we need this aircraft», - the general said

    http://www.ruaviation.com/news/2012/11/22/1357/

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    Post  a89 on Wed Jan 09, 2013 4:34 pm

    I have been following the development of this aircraft for a while. I was wondering what happened to the Il-76MF, a stretched version which was marketed by Ilyushin a few years ago. It had some of the features of the Il-476 (PS-90 engines) and an enlarged fuselage. It was supposed to be built at TAPO but only a few samples were sold to Jordan.
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    Post  GarryB on Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:09 am

    The Il-76 is popular enough, but not many customers wanted to upgrade it.

    From memory the figures were something like $800,000 US per engine for the old engines, while the new engines cost something like $6 million each because of the new technology and exotic materials.

    As you can imagine that existing users might think twice about saving a few tons of fuel per year at the cost of $24 million per plane... especially when the old engines still worked OK and got the job done.

    Obviously the price will have gone down a bit as the new technology is mastered and with the Russian AF buying them the economies of scale should kick in and reduce the cost.

    In many ways the Il-476 is an upgraded Il-76MF with new avionics and materials etc.

    It is certainly not as good as the C-17 in terms of raw performance, but in terms of price it is very hard to beat and is the most successful medium cargo jet of its era. In comparison the C-141 was largely a military only aircraft that private operators hardly even looked at, while the C-17 is simply too expensive to buy to consider for commercial use.

    Would love to see them decide to continue the Il-106 with new engines as the retirement of the An-22 will leave a real gap, between the Il-476 and the An-124.

    Internationally I think it would be a useful competitor for the C-17 and in terms of price the only civilian commercial option with the C-17 simply pricing itself out of the market.


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