Russia’s 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.
The plane has been known as 'airborne lab' and has been codenamed as A-100LL. “Our intention is to test and fine tune premier avionics on A-100LL and then move onto an Il-456,” a Defense Ministry official was quoted as saying to Izvestia news daily by Sputnik Monday. If our plan turns out to be successful then the ‘original’ A-100 will make the maiden flight in 2018, he added.
The airborne system delivers the military with surveillance, warning, and control capabilities, detecting fighter jets at a distance of more than 324 nautical miles and identifying ships at 216 nautical miles.
Russia considers this fighter as far greater than the range of the US-made Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS), known as "eye in the sky" by NATO.
The multi-purpose four-engine turbofan strategic airlifter designed by the Ilyushin design bureau, was first planned as a commercial freighter in 1967, as a replacement for the Antonov An-12. It was designed to deliver heavy machinery to remote, poorly served areas of the USSR.
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
Russian Technodinamika (a Rostec company) will open maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) center for Russian-made Antonov and Ilyushin transport aircraft and Mi series helicopters in India
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 MoDs defence acquisition council (DAC) decided on the Indian Air Force (IAF)s upgrade proposal yesterday
Russia's Ilyushin Il-112 military transport aircraft, which will replace Antonov An-26, is scheduled to make Its maiden flight in 2017. The light aircraft's mass production is expected to be launched in 2019, Sputnik reported Thursday
Crews of Il-76MD tactical transport aircraft practiced ground target bombing at ranges in the Tver region of Russia today. The piloting crews carried out firing at ground targets, which imitated light-armored and automobile hardware of the mock enemy
Russian first upgraded heavy military transport aircraft Il-76MD-M prototype made its first flight at Ilyushin aviation complex. The flight, which lasted more than six hours, was carried out from LII
Russia's first flying prototype of the Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A airlifter has passed the initial phase of its factory tests with the Aviastar-SP airframer. The airlifter has been ferried to Zhukovsky where Ilyushins test facility is located, Aviastar-SPs press office told TASS today
Russian defence electronics maker, Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies (KRET) showed its Zhuk-AME FGA 50 active phased array (AESA) multi-function compatabiel with the MIG and Sukhoi family of aircraft, at the Air Show China today. The new radar can detect targets beyond the line of sight, track up to 30 of them and destroy up to 6 targets in the air and 4 on the ground
Russia has opened an unmanned aircraft service to teach troops operate drones in the countrys Western Military District. "An unmanned aircraft service has been established in the Western Military District for the first time
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