New generation Il-76 military transporter knocks at India's doors
12:00 AM, October 6, 2010
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.S. C-17 and C130J
Hercules aircraft which are several times more expensive than the
Russian airlifter. India has a requirement for over 25 military heavy
lift planes over the next 10 years. The IL-76MF provides 25% increase in transport efficiency, 15 ton
increase of take-off weight, enlarged fuselage by 6 m and 20 ton
increase of load-carrying capacity, according to IRKUT which is
marketing the aircraft. It is equipped with new PS-90A-76 engines and the new integrated
piloting and navigation equipment complies with all International
Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)requirements on noise, emission,
navigation accuracy and flights safety. More than 900 IL-76 aircraft of different modifications were
delivered to the customers from various countries of the world.
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...
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...