In Ukraine, they commented on the first flight of the new Russian Il-114-300 aircraft, critically assessing its technical condition.
A new plane from the old backlog
The Defense Express article claims that, despite the fact that the video posted by the UAC was made for advertising purposes, it clearly shows "the substandard state of the new fuselage."
It is explained that the new machine was made from an old reserve - on the basis of the finished Il-114 glider No. 01-08, which was built in 1994 at an aircraft plant in Tashkent. Previously, this aircraft was stored for a long time (since 2001) at the LII im. Gromov in Zhukovsky, and in 2016, with the launch of the program to create the Il-114-300, was sent for processing.
Another victory was celebrated in the Russian Federation [...] The machine, on the modernization of which the Russian Federation began to work on in 2016, finally took off and spent 7 minutes there
- writes Defense Express, pointing out that the basic version of the aircraft, released in a "minor series" of 18 units, "turned out to be of no use to anyone."
Allegedly, sanctions and the critical need to replace a large fleet of An-24 (the youngest of which is already 40 years old) “forced the Russians to look for at least some alternatives and nothing better than to revive the old project under the guise of a supposedly new aircraft of completely domestic production, in the Russian Federation didn’t come up with it ”.
"May collapse in the air"
As the newspaper writes, the KLA convinces that the Il-114-300 can be operated at unequipped airfields, including those with unpaved runways (the certificate of the original Il-114 did not allow this). For this, it was equipped with a reinforced chassis and an integrated gangway for passengers.
However, will this help a "low-wing" plane to take off from the Trans-Ural airfields (most of which do not have hard-surface runways) in extreme conditions (as, for example, the An-24 does) is a rather interesting question
- Explained on the pages of Defense Express, which indicates that even in advertising there were "blunders".
So at 1:42 a part of the fuselage with very doubtful seams and a "fold" of metal at the joints is shown
- explains the press, believing that such a "marriage" (especially if it is typical) can cause depressurization of the fuselage and destruction of the aircraft in the air.
However, a number of Ukrainian users did not appreciate the critical tone of the publication. And there are reasons for this: while Russia is successfully creating new models, in the independent aircraft industry it is on the path of confident destruction - in recent years not a single new aircraft has been created.
Pot calls the kettle black. We walk to the Russian military-industrial complex as to the moon
- writes one of the readers.