India has approved a Russian proposal to upgrade its Ilyushin tactical transport fleet with new engines and avionics costing INR 4250 crore (US$650 million) to extend its service life by 20 years.
A meeting of the Indian MoD’s defence acquisition council (DAC) decided on the Indian Air Force (IAF)’s upgrade proposal yesterday. The IAF has 17 IL-76 transport aircraft besides three Israeli Phalcon AWACS (airborne warning and control systems) mounted on IL-76s and six IL-78 refuellers.
The upgrade will be along the lines of the Il-76MD-90A standard which had been proposed by Rosoboronexport earlier.
The upgrade is expected to bring forward the IL-76 fleet close to the performance benchmark of IAF’s Boeing C-17 fleet.
The Indian Air Force is likely to issue a request for proposal (RFP) to upgrade its large transport fleet of Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft with new avionics, engines besides other changes. The upgrade plans also include the Phalcon AWACS fleet of three which is based on the Il-76 platform
Russias Beriev is preparing a new airborne early warning variant of Ilyushins upgraded transport aircraft, the Il-76MD-90A, fitted with the new Vega Premier radar system in a rotating antenna, Rostec reported Wednesday. Russian Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A military cargo plane has completed its maiden flight and will become the platform for a future long-range radar detection and control prototype plane, A-100
Designated as the IL-76MF, the successor to the legendary military transport plane, IL-76 marked its maiden flight in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on September 30, 2010. The new generation plane is intended to make a strong case for sale to India as New Delhi has of late been buying U
Russias Ilyushin Aviation Complex has offered its IL-114-300 turboprop as alternatives to ageing Ukrainian origin AN-24/AN-26 aircraft which are being used by regional airlines in Russia and as military transports in various parts of the world. JSC ILis ready to launch batch production of IL-114-300 aircraft at the earliest possible juncture
Russia's new transport plane Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A that is capable of carrying paratroopers and Special Operations troops deep into the enemys rear undetected, is ready for use. The modernized version of the Il-76MD is equipped with onboard electronics that enables it to fly just meters above the ground at night and in heavy fog,
Russias strategic airlifer Ilyushin Il-76MD installed with a long-range surveillance and control system will be making its first flight in 2018. The airborne A-100 Premier system will be installed on an Ilyushin Il-76MD aircraft for the first test that will be run next year
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