According to Tarasov, the automation will allow docking the fuselage consisting of three compartments and collecting the airframe as a whole within a few hours instead of days or weeks, as before. Most of the operations are robotic and the assembly process is less dependent on workers with industry-rare qualifications.
The KLA noted that now in Russia there are two similar lines of foreign production, the cost of which is approximately 30-40% higher than the domestic system. In total, about fifty industrial robots are used at UAC enterprises, a significant part of which works at Aviastar-SP and AeroComposite-Ulyanovsk.
The Ulyanovsk Aviation Plant is engaged in the construction of Il-76MD-90А heavy transport aircraft as part of a government order in the interests of the Russian Ministry of Defense. In January of this year, the IL-78М-90А, built on the Aviastar, was launched into the sky, designed for refueling.
Previously, IL-76 and IL-78 aircraft were produced in Uzbekistan at the Tashkent Chkalov Aviation Production Association