Another new aircraft Il-76MD-90A is in the air
Reportedly, on August 26, 2020 at the Ulyanovsk-Vostochny plant airfield complex, the Il-76MD-90A military transport aircraft with a factory number 0204 (registration number RF-78659). This is the second Il-76MD-90A aircraft of the new construction, taken into the air in 2020. The second Il-76MD-90A military transport aircraft (serial number 0204, registration number RF-78659) built at Aviastar-SP JSC in 2020 before the start of flight tests. Ulyanovsk, June 2020 (c) Sergey Knyazevsky / russianplanes.net ( link )
The start of flight tests of the Il-76MD-90A board with serial number 0204 was confirmed by the factory newspaper "Aviastar-SP" "Start" in the issue of September 4.
The Il-76MD-90A aircraft with serial number 0204 (registration number RF-78659) was deflated to the Aviastar-SP flight test station at the end of March 2020, but was first taken into the air only five months later - this is a clear evidence the fact that the production program for the Il-76MD-90A aircraft is still going with a "big creak".
The Il-76MD-90A aircraft with serial number 0204, which made its first flight on August 26, 2020, became the sixth board built by Aviastar-SP JSC in Ulyanovsk under a contract with the Russian Ministry of Defense dated October 2012 for the production of 39 Il-76MD-90A units for the amount of 139.42 billion rubles, and the second, taken into the air in 2020.
Earlier on March 17, 2020, the first Il-76MD-90A aircraft built in 2020 with serial number 0203 (registration number RF-78658) made its maiden flight at the Ulyanovsk-Vostochny plant airfield complex , and it has not yet been handed over to the customer and continues "acceptance flying".
The first Il-76MD-90A aircraft, for the Russian Ministry of Defense under a 2012 contract with serial number 0108 (registration number RF-78654), was built at Aviastar-SP more than four years ago and was first flown there on December 15, 2015. and on January 17, 2016 he entered the 610th Center for Combat Use and Retraining of Flight Personnel of Military Transport Aviation named after Air Marshal N.S. Skripko in Ivanovo.
The second and third Il-76MD-90A aircraft under the 2012 contract were built by Aviastar-SP in 2018 and handed over to the Russian Ministry of Defense in the first half of 2019 - aircraft with serial numbers 0109 (registration number RF-78655, made the first flight in Ulyanovsk on November 7, 2018 and was transferred to the Russian Aerospace Forces on April 2, 2019) and 0110 (registration number RF-78656, madefirst flight on December 22, 2018, transferred to the Aerospace Forces on May 16, 2019). Both of these aircraft became part of the 235th military transport aviation regiment, formed at the end of 2017, of the 18th military transport aviation division of the Russian Aerospace Forces Military Transport Aviation, based at the Aviastar-SP Ulyanovsk-Vostochny plant airfield, becoming the first two IL-76MD-90A, delivered to the linear part of the Russian Aerospace Forces. On the same regiment I went then and only built in 2019 new aircraft Il-76MD-90A (fourth under the contract) - the side with the serial number 0202 (registration number RF-78657), raised in the air June 13, 2019 and transferred FSI Russia August 30, 2019.
Earlier, Aviastar-SP, under a contract dated November 2011, UAC - Transport Aircraft JSC built in 2014-2015 three Il-76MD-90A aircraft of the pilot batch with serial numbers 0103, 0104, 0105. The first two of them were transferred to PJSC The Beriev Taganrog Aviation Scientific and Technical Complex (TANTK) to create special-purpose vehicles on their basis, and the aircraft with the serial number 0105 was also transferred to the 610th TsBPPLS VTA in Ivanovo on December 3, 2015.
In addition, the first prototype of the Il-78M-90A tanker aircraft (serial number 0201, registration number RF-78741), developed by Il-PJSC on the basis of the Il-76MD-90A military transport aircraft, was also built at Aviastar-SP. and committedfirst flight in Ulyanovsk on January 19, 2018. However, after 11 months of improvements, only on December 27, 2018, the first prototype of the Il-78M-90A made its fourth test flight, officially credited as the first under the factory flight test program. This aircraft continues to be in the testing phase.
Thus, to date, the Aviastar-SP plant has built a total of ten copies (including the prototype) of the Il-76MD-90A military transport aircraft and one prototype of the Il-78M-90A tanker aircraft.
In May 2020 it became knownthat the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, on new terms, renewed the contract with Aviastar-SP JSC for the supply of Il-76MD-90A military transport aircraft. Under the new conditions, under the old contract in 2012, the plant will now commission a total of 13 Il-76MD-90A aircraft, and from 2021 a new contract for the supply of 14 such aircraft until 2028 will enter into force. The second Il-76MD-90A military transport aircraft (serial number 0204, registration number RF-78659) built at Aviastar-SP JSC in 2020 before the start of flight tests. Ulyanovsk, July 2020 (c) Sergey Knyazevsky / russianplanes.net ( link )