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Russia’s Military Transport Aviation receiving advanced Il-76MD-90A planes.

| 2019

Advanced Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A planes produced by the Aviastar-SP Plant in Ulyanovsk in the Volga area are being delivered to the Russian Aerospace Force’s Military Transport Aviation, the Defense Ministry’s press office said.

Russias Military Transport Aviation receiving advanced Il 76MD 90A planes Il-76MD-90A (Picture source: Vitaly V. Kuzmin)

"The advanced heavy military transport plane features a number of new elements, in particular, all-metal wing, reinforced cargo floor, stronger landing gear, PS-90A-76 engines with higher thrust/weight ratio and reduced fuel consumption, and digital equipment," the press office said.

Unlike the baseline Il-76MD (NATO reporting name: Candid) plane, the Il-76MD-90A has higher-power and fuel-efficient PS-90A-76 engines with maximum 14.5-ton thrust instead of the organic D-30KP2 engines with a thrust of 12 tons.

The Il-76MD-90A features a glass cockpit with eight multifunctional displays, with six of them intended for the pilots and two designed for the navigator. The plane is also equipped with a sophisticated Kupol-III-76M(A) flight and navigation suite. The plane’s maximum flight range with a payload of 20 tons has grown from 6,700 kilometers (4,163 miles) to 8,500 kilometers (5,282 miles). It has a service life of 30 years that can be extended.

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