For the Il-106, It Is not clear at all if it will be an aircraft smaller than the an-124, a modernised an-124 with modern Russian components and Russian engines or the Slon.
Lets be clear the Il-106 was a replacement aircraft for the An-22 which was planned to be withdrawn from service a long time ago... it was not intended to replace the An-124 because at the time the An-124 didn't need replacing.
Now however it seems the log jam is engines and when new engines are available they will probably be PD-35s which are vastly more powerful than the engines used on either the Il-106 or the An-124 so it opens the possibility of having a twin engined Il-106 with two PD-35s which could easily replace the An-22 but could also probably carry heavier loads as well, and of course fitting four PD-35s to a bigger aircraft like the Slon means replacing the An-124 would make a silly design because it would have three engines for the 120-140 ton payload capacity... so obviously with rather more powerful engines it makes sense to increase the Il-106 to a higher payload capacity of 100 tons with two PD-35 engines, and to also take advantage of the extra engine power and size of the Slon with four PD-35s and make it a 180 ton payload aircraft so together they can both replace the An-124... remember the An-124 has replaced the An-22 so for missions requiring 70-80 tons payload they would either split the load with two Il-76s, or one An-124... with their new aircraft they could use an Il-106 which will be lighter and cheaper to operate than an An-124 with only two engines of more modern design.
The only thing we know for sure is that they will reuse the designation il-106, and that will be a different aircraft from the one that should have been built in the 90s
I doubt they would modify it too much... technology and design haven't moved that far over such a short period of time... the biggest change would be in terms of engine technology and they are going to use their best engines.
Will be interesting to see what designation they use for Slon... will it be Il-206?
For all we know this modular design for the test wind tunnel model might be because the new Il-106 is actually a smaller two engined Slon like they said they were going to do years ago... twin engined 100 ton payload Il-106, four engined 180 ton payload Il-206, and six engined 250 ton payload Il-306 for moving large external loads for the space industry.
if need be, the C-17s could be stretched like C-141s were.
Haven't they stopped production yet?
Trump &/ his successor will pull out Ks of troops from Europe & Korea, so the C-5s r not going to be that essential anymore.
Yeah, America is going to stop fighting all round the world and are not going to need C-5s and aircraft carriers... or guns...
they'll be used for decades more, just like the An-22s & IL-76TD/MDs.
If nothing replaces them they will, but they are still not that good.
Since it is supposed to have the An-124 cargo hold dimensions, it would be at least as big as the An-124.
With only two PD-35 engines it might have a smaller wing and have a payload capacity of perhaps 100 tons... plus inflight refuelling capability...