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10:05 AM, March 3, 2015
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Ilyushin Il-78M-90A Military Jet. Photo Courtesy: FindTheBest

Russian Air Force is expected to receive first aircraft tanker (Il-78-90A) fully produced in the nation by 2018, a defense industry source told RIA Novosti on Monday.

Earlier the Il-78 aircraft had been assembled by the Tashkent Chkalov Industrial Group in Uzbekistan.

The tanker aircraft, Il-78M-90A is capable of refueling two front-line aviation aircraft (Su-27 or MiG-29-class) simultaneously with use of the fueling systems mounted on its wing. The tail fueling mechanism is used for refueling long-range and special aviation aircraft.

In February, United Aircraft Corporation began construction of an engineering prototype of the Il-78M-90A aircraft.

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