Dec 5, 2013
Modernised Il-76-MD90A Completes Initial Flight Tests
Russia’s newest military transport aircraft, the Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A, has completed an initial flight-test programme.
The Il-76-MD-90A is a heavily modernised version of the 1970s vintage Il-76, featuring a new wing, new PS-90A high-bypass turbofan engines, strengthened undercarriage, an uprated two-man glass cockpit and avionics and a new navigation system.
The first production Il-76-MD-90A is in an advanced state of assembly, while the airframe of the second has also been built and is being fitted out with subsystems. A third airframe is under construction.
The first completed Il-76-MD-90A is due for delivery in 2014. Moscow ordered 39 of the transports last October.