- The Il-76MD-90A aircraft with serial number 0211 (registration number 7866), which flew in on November 5, 2022, became the 13th aircraft built at Aviastar in Ulyanovsk under a contract with the Russian Ministry of Defense dated October 2012 for the production of 39 Il-76MD units -90A.
The first Il-76MD-90A aircraft, for the Ministry of Defense of Russia under the contract of 2012 with serial number 0108 (registration number RF-78654), built on Aviastar, entered service with RuAF on January 17, 2016 (in the 610th Center for combat use and retraining of the flight personnel of military transport aviation in Ivanovo.)
- Previously, Aviastar, under a contract dated November 2011,built in 2014-15 three Il-76MD-90A aircraft of the pilot batch with serial numbers 0103, 0104, 0105. The first two of them were transferred to PJSC Taganrog aviation scientific and technical complex named after G. M. Beriev "(TANTK) to create special-purpose vehicles on their basis, and the aircraft with serial number 0105 was also transferred to the 610th TsBPPLS VTA in Ivanovo on December 3, 2015.
- In addition, Aviastar also built the first prototype of the Il-78M-90A tanker aircraft (serial number 0201, registration number RF-78741), developed by Il PJSC based on the Il-76MD-90A military transport aircraft and made the first flightin 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 plant has built a total of 17 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, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation renegotiated with JSC Aviastar-SP (now a branch of PJSC Il - Aviastar) a contract for the supply of military transport aircraft Il-76MD-90A. Under the new conditions, under the old contract of 2012, the plant will now deliver a total of 13 Il-76MD-90A aircraft (thus, with the delivery of board 78666 raised on November 5, expected by the end of the year, the contract will be completed), and from 2021 it was supposed to enter into force a new contract for the supply until 2028 of 14 such aircraft.
iin reality this plane 78666 must be the s/n 03-01 and not the 02-11, since the Il-76 always has 10 machines per series. I asked and they told me that this is most likely, it must be an error of the photographer who tagged the photo
On the other hand the 01-03 RF-78652 returned from Taganrog to Ulyanovsk and was painted in the colors of the VTA in 2021, maybe they have changed their mind and it will be transferred to the VKS as Il-476 if they are in a hurry to have more new planes now
It is under one of the big Aviastar hangars, but Russianplanes has blocked the VKS photos because of the war and it is not possible to put the image here
Some info about the Il-76 captured by Russia at the Melitopol airfield
"The strength of Russia is in each of us" written on the wings
Comparing this image to pictures of all known Ukrainian Military Il-76s on Russianplanes.net, 76699 seems to be their only Il-76 with dark grey engines and a dark grey lower fuselage. It is therefore very likely that the aircraft seen in the picture is indeed 76699. This is further confirmed by the geolocation and the matching timelines both presented in this blog post, showing no aircraft during the Afghanistan mission.
Geolocation of Ukraine Air Force Il-76MD reg. 76699 at Melitopol Air Base, Ukraine. Note the dirt banks surrounding this particular parking spot (pink accents).
It seems that Ukraine took out most of its operational Il-76 before the Special Military Operation
UR-76413 is stored at Dęblin, Poland
UR-76661 is stored at Dęblin, Poland
UR-76655 is stored at Dęblin, Poland
UR-76683 is stored at Dęblin, Poland
UR-76732 is stored at Dęblin, Poland
UR-78772 is stored at Dęblin, Poland
UR-78820 is stored at Dęblin, Poland
UR-76699 is captured at liberated Melitopol
UR-76697 is wrecked at liberated Melitopol
UR-76322 is wrecked at liberated Melitopol