Wednesday, October 6, 2010
IL-76MF to Compete against C17 for Indian Transport Aircraft Requirements
On September 30th 2010, the upgraded IL-76MF heavy lift transport aircraft made its first flight in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The IL-76MF aircraft is a modification of a mass manufactured IL-76MD military transport aircraft, and it is designed for the same transport and heavy lift purposes as the basic model of the aircraft.
This new generation plane is intended to make a strong case for sale to India as New Delhi has been acquiring U.S. C-17 and C130J Hercules aircrafts -- which are more expensive than the Russian air lifter. India has an estimated requirement for over 25 military heavy lift planes over the next 10 years.
The IL-76MF the length of the aircraft fuselage was enlarged by 6.6m; more powerful and efficient PS-90A-76 engines replaced the previously installed models; the integrated piloting and navigation equipment and aircraft systems were modified and updated; a new auxiliary power unit replaced the originally installed unit.