Russian Ilyushin has suspended the co-development program with India to build Il-214 medium airlifter under the MTA program and has resumed the development at its own expense.
"The Ilyushin Aviation complex is developing the future medium airlifter for the Russian Aerospace Force at its own expense. A scaled model of the aircraft has been made, and the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) are gearing up for its wind-tunnel tests, using mock-ups of both the PS-90A and PD-14 engines," the company’s press office was quoted as stating by Russian Aviation Monday.
The future aircraft will be powered either by two PS-90As or by a pair of PD-14s, with the latter’s flight tests having started last year.
"The Ilyushin Aviation Complex has designated its future medium military transport aircraft development program as Il-214," the press office concluded.
In January, Ilyushin Director General Sergei Velmozhkin told journalists about the program having been put on hold. According to him, the company expected "to clarify somehow" the future of the program by the middle of the year. There have been no official statements about the cause behind the suspending of the Russian-Indian program.
The Il-214 is designed to carry and air-land troops, their equipment, and cargo. It is to haul 20 tons of cargo at a distance of over 2,000 km. The aircraft is supposed to operate from unpaved and artificial airfields, including those high in the mountains.
India and Russia have officially begun work on the project to develop a transport aircraft, about 30 engineers from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited along with Russian counterparts from the United Aircraft Corporation began collaborating on the $600-million project. "Our team in Moscow informed us they are now functional at the special design facility that Russia has set up," said NC Agarwal, the Chief Executive Officer of the joint venture company, called Multirole Transport Aircraft Limited, which will design the aircraft capable of carrying 15-20 tonnes of payload
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