The II-78M-90A will be able to refuel simultaneously two frontline planes. The tail unit is designed to refuel long-range and special aircraft. When the II-78M-90A is exploited on the ground, four aircraft can be refueled at a time.
II-78M-90A will be the first tanker aircraft produced in Russia. According to TASS,
Russia’s advanced Ilyushin II-78M-90A tanker aircraft may complete tests by late 2018 or early 2019.
The IL-78M-90A is modernized version of Il-78 military transport aircraft. It is powered by four PS-90A-76 turbofan engines instead of D-30KP-2. The plane will feature three devices of the hose-and-drogue refueling system, with two of them on the outboard wings and one in the rear body on the right side.