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"The beginning of a new milestone in the construction of the Il-76": the German press appreciated the launch of the assembly line for the assembly of Russian aircraft


New Il-76 military transport aircraft have been under construction at Aviastar-SP in Ulyanovsk since 2019, but their production has been slow. An automated production line should give impetus to the serial production of machines. The first Il-76MD-90A aircraft has already rolled off the assembly line, symbolizing "the beginning of a new milestone in the construction of aircraft", which the Russian military is eagerly awaiting.

IL-76 are eagerly awaited

This is how the launch of the production line is characterized on the pages of the German edition of Flug Revue:

The Il-76MD-90A with serial number 0206 is a special representative of its kind: it is the first of its kind, being fully assembled on a new digitally controlled production line in Ulyanovsk [...] The construction of the aircraft marks a new milestone.

However, as pointed out, this is just the beginning of the process:

Russia needs a lot of new IL-76

- noted in Flug Revue, pointing out that so far the serial production of the first Il-76MD-90A has progressed rather slowly - mainly due to the fact that the docking of individual nodes was carried out mainly by hand.

Only a few cars left the production hall each year. At the same time, the Russian government estimates the need for new Il-76s for the Air Force up to 200 units. 39 of them have already been determined as a firm order.

According to the contract, they were all supposed to take off by the end of 2021, but so far only about a quarter of this number have been transferred. But that must change quickly

- give their assessment in the German press.

"The beginning of a new milestone in the construction of the Il-76": the German press appreciated the launch of the assembly line for the assembly of Russian aircraft

The process has started

The new digitally controlled automated production line should ensure that new aircraft production grows to ten in the medium term, and then to 18 annually, as explained.

The new build process kicked off in late summer 2019. The line consists of ten functional areas designed for joining the fuselage, wings and tail sections, as well as for installing engines and avionics. Using laser technology, individual sections can be aligned to the nearest tenth of a millimeter, significantly speeding up assembly. Compared to the previously used technological process, the new line will reduce the labor intensity of aircraft assembly by 38%.

This will roughly quadruple the production speed.

- says the German edition, using its own "arithmetic".

Il-76 is one of the main military transport aircraft. aviation Russia. At the same time, their number does not correspond to the urgent needs of the country's armed forces. In total, about a hundred vehicles of various purposes and subordination are deployed in combat units. For example, at least this number of boards is required for the transfer of an airborne division (excluding auxiliary units).


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  1. Oleg Aviator
    Oleg Aviator 20 May 2021 16: 38
    I flew these machines myself. My opinion was to follow the C141 path and lengthen the fuselage. There was an MF in TAPOiCH. I hope all the technical staff in Ulyanovsk. So it could be reproduced. Ignoring that this is a type of Uzbek copyright. There, some Slavs worked as an engineer. With rare exceptions.
    1. Thrifty
      Thrifty 20 May 2021 16: 50
      Oleg Aviator - will the fuselage withstand the arising loads in the event of its lengthening? And, will it not be necessary to lengthen the wings as well, which may negatively affect their strength?
      1. akarfoxhound
        akarfoxhound 20 May 2021 17: 47
        KB is not a garage of an inquisitive experimenter Uncle Vasya with a kerosene stove, but precise calculations for given loads and flight characteristics. Do you seriously think that the MF was lengthened without taking into account the strength of materials ??? Seriously?
        1. Thrifty
          Thrifty 20 May 2021 17: 57
          akarfoxhound -no, I just know how we like assault, and what kind of jambs come out because of the desire to "count quickly"!
        2. dauria
          dauria 21 May 2021 08: 34
          KB is not a garage of an inquisitive experimenter Uncle Vasya with a kerosene stove

          laughing Sometimes they do that. And it turns out pretty well. Ju.287 - a jet bomber with a forward swept wing at the end of the war, the fuselage from the He.177A, the tail unit was taken from the Ju.388, the nose strut of the B-24 Liberator, and the main struts had wheels from the Ju.352. only forward-swept wing. And he flew, and he flew well. Our people even wanted to finish this car.
          1. akarfoxhound
            akarfoxhound 21 May 2021 11: 03
            Not entirely correct example. This is not the systematic work of the design bureau with tasks and calculations, but another hasty wunderwaffle before the collapse of the Reich. And we are not yet considering the complexity of the manufacturability of aircraft construction in 1944-45 and our time. For some reason, from the beginning of the 20th century, you didn’t cite the “enthusiast's garage” Bleriot as an example? wink
            1. dauria
              dauria 21 May 2021 11: 12
              This is not the systematic work of the design bureau with tasks and calculations, but another hasty wunderwaffle before the collapse of the Reich.

              "Wunderwaffle" turned out to be quite good, and at once, and was brought by the captured Germans already in the USSR.
              But the "systematic work" on the Il-112 ended in such a fiasco that it was just right for the general and chief to be transferred to the janitors.
              And there are also plenty of examples of excellent results using Uncle Vasya's method. Do you know how the widened Yak-24U was made from a Yak-24 helicopter? We cut the truss lengthwise and welded on overlapping pipe pieces. And sometimes in general, on the parole of the general and the calculation on the knee, without statistical tests, they were released into the air. And it turned out, that's what is surprising.
      2. exo
        exo 20 May 2021 22: 17
        Such an aircraft has already flown, but it has remained at the level of a flying model. So, all the calculations have been made, though for an aircraft manufactured by TAPOiCH. I think that there would be no problems with the new Il.
      3. andrewkor
        andrewkor 21 May 2021 05: 21
        Three IL-76MF aircraft were produced, one for exhibition, still in Tashkent. Passed every imaginable test in Russia. Two serials in Jordan. PD motors, glass cockpit, two sections of three meters before and after the center section, reinforced floor. But old technologies, not digital, like at Aviastar. Why didn't they start producing them there, a mystery?
      4. Antei
        Antei 21 May 2021 09: 55
        Naturally, at 76MF, the changes affected not only the fuselage ...)
      5. Zaurbek
        Zaurbek 22 May 2021 13: 48
        This is already an elongated version of IL76 .... there, in addition to the lengthening and expanding it is necessary. The tank can barely fit. The Chinese made Y20 with this in mind.
    2. Antei
      Antei 21 May 2021 09: 54
      TAPOICH belonged to the USSR Ministry of Aviation Industry. What rights can Uzbeks have in principle? ..)
    3. Tcheluskin
      Tcheluskin 22 May 2021 02: 59
      lengthen the fuselage

      They generally need a different fuselage. Without an unnecessary navigator's cockpit and "eyebrows", and a wider one, otherwise the current T-72/90 tank only fits tightly with the side screens removed. Like the Chinese Y-20.
    4. Roman Pastukhov
      Roman Pastukhov 23 May 2021 11: 23
      The copyright for all drawings for the Il-76 of all modifications does not belong to the Uzbeks, but to PJSC Ilyushin Aviation Complex.
    5. Slavors Gart
      Slavors Gart 24 May 2021 12: 10
      What is the right of the Uzbeks, copyright ...., collapsed from the oak?
  2. Anachoret
    Anachoret 20 May 2021 16: 38
    for a start, not bad)
    here is also a passenger IL96 would run on such a flow)
    40 cars a year is already something)
    1. antivirus
      antivirus 20 May 2021 16: 48
      it is necessary to start with control over Aeroflot - the elites have gone abroad. it is necessary to direct them to the lines of the North and Far East. the service was raised to the world level - in front of showing the achievements to the people, not to foreigners. and on its wings, not watered agreements with Airbus and Boeing
      1. Pete mitchell
        Pete mitchell 20 May 2021 17: 05
        Your words to God in the ears ... unfortunately, a completely different line of development has been adopted crying
      2. akarfoxhound
        akarfoxhound 20 May 2021 17: 54
        Extending the annual dumping concessional lease to Boeing with Airbus, our government is taxing in the opposite direction from the direction you indicated. It's just that they are embarrassed to brag about this annual "etsyh with nails" for our aviation on TV. The amount of the rollback from the entire amount for each mastered Boeing board is indecent to disgrace, Ilyushin and Tupole do not pull this, the "Masquevichs" take offense ...
        1. VORON538
          VORON538 21 May 2021 14: 57
          And what is the amount of kickback? Enlighten, if you know! And if you know, why don't you contact the Prosecutor's Office and the FSB?
          1. Stepan S
            Stepan S 23 May 2021 21: 20
            if you know, why don't you contact the Prosecutor's Office and the FSB

            Don't you find it funny yourself for such an offer?
    2. ramzay21
      ramzay21 21 May 2021 07: 24
      IL-96 400M will be made only for the President of the Russian Federation. For ordinary Russians, Aeroflot has already purchased two dozen Boeing 777s and two dozen Airbus A350s.
    3. Zaurbek
      Zaurbek 22 May 2021 13: 51
      Does the Russian Federation need them in such an amount? Main MC21. This dimension is the most demanded. The competitor А321XSR already flies between continents. At 7-8000 km with a takeoff weight of 102000 kg
  3. Jacket in stock
    Jacket in stock 20 May 2021 16: 42
    I didn’t understand.
    The line seems to have been launched in 2019.
    One and a half years collecting one blue light?
    Is it such a production cycle or what?
    1. Thrifty
      Thrifty 20 May 2021 17: 24
      Jacket in stock - please reread the article, everything is clear there! hi
      1. Jacket in stock
        Jacket in stock 21 May 2021 09: 19
        Quote: Thrifty
        -Re-read the article, please, everything is written there clearly!

        Was reading.
        And two more times yesterday's news too.
        And I also asked local commentators.
        But still nothing is clear.
        The line was launched, at least they wrote to us in the news, back in the summer of 2019.
        The first aircraft on this line was assembled in 2021.
        Perhaps it was somehow not so launched then, 2 years ago.?
        Whether the term of assembly of one side is 2 years.?
        Is there anyone in the subject?
        1. minus
          minus 21 May 2021 16: 31
          In the subject of Aviastar workers .... Here again a week ago they were indignant at low salaries .... But everything is beautiful in the news. But in fact, as if the last specialists did not run away from production ... Here is a link to the news from the video from the enterprise on May 14 -https: //
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  4. barclay
    barclay 20 May 2021 17: 13
    After reading the article, there was a strange feeling that the Germans were happy for us.
    1. Antei
      Antei 21 May 2021 09: 59
      Of course we were glad for such a snail's pace ...)
  5. borys
    borys 20 May 2021 17: 20
    Some comments are both funny and sad to read at the same time.
    Copyright always belongs to the developer, not the factory
    manufacturer. In this case, this is the Ilyushin Design Bureau, which, with
    from the moment of creation and to this day is located in Moscow Concerning
    elongated version (IL-76MF), they were made at least
    three cars, two of which were delivered to Jordan, where they
    have been used for several years. Recently there was information that
    that the Jordanians want to sell them.
    1. Thrifty
      Thrifty 20 May 2021 17: 26
      Boris - well, maybe this information was just superficially voiced. And how elongated machines have proven themselves, perhaps, it is really necessary to start production of just such boards without reducing production?
      1. Bad_gr
        Bad_gr 20 May 2021 21: 04
        Quote: Thrifty
        And how elongated machines have proven themselves, perhaps, it is really necessary, without reducing production, to start producing just such boards?

        The elongated hull is only suitable for transporting cargo between airfields. For dropping amphibious equipment, where a significant movement of heavy equipment relative to the center of mass of the aircraft - in the version of an aircraft with an elongated body, is hardly possible.
    2. akarfoxhound
      akarfoxhound 20 May 2021 18: 01
      These boards are now in Tashkent
  6. borys
    borys 20 May 2021 17: 41
    The first copy of the IL-76MF was released back in 1996, by the way
    it already had PS-90 engines. He flew a lot and showed
    myself well. In 2003, a nephew came to TAPOiCH
    king of Jordan, who was at that time in the leadership
    the air force there. He actually promoted this order. The first
    the car was then on the FOX and he really liked it.
    A few years later, the order for two cars was completed. So
    way the Jordanian Air Force became the sole operator
    of this type.
    1. Thrifty
      Thrifty 20 May 2021 17: 55
      Boris, why didn't they put them on the conveyor, or was it originally planned for the export version?
  7. Petrol cutter
    Petrol cutter 20 May 2021 19: 08
    Well, if the process has really started, then my congratulations to the aircraft industry.
    An airplane is absolutely necessary in the national economy.
    Anyway, I always liked the car purely aesthetically, however. hi
  8. borys
    borys 20 May 2021 19: 39
    For the Thrifty.
    During that period, little was put on the conveyor. There was no time for aviation.
  9. Overlock
    Overlock 20 May 2021 20: 40
    The process has started
    And it pleases!
    1. keeper03
      keeper03 20 May 2021 22: 01
      With the initiative Simbirtsa !!! yes fellow soldier
  10. zimzinov
    zimzinov 20 May 2021 23: 48
    Well, okay. I hope that this positive experience will manifest itself in the assembly of serial MS-21s. In the 1980s, our Samara aircraft plant produced 18 TU-154Ms per year. This is when self-financing and state acceptance were.
    1. mmaxx
      mmaxx 21 May 2021 01: 41
      It is rather a positive experience of MSA that was taken into account in Ulyanovsk.
      But all the same, the conditions are different.
  11. mmaxx
    mmaxx 21 May 2021 01: 42
    Yet the assembly line and the conveyor are very different things.
  12. amr
    amr 21 May 2021 06: 43
    tin 18 aircraft a year and this is a breakthrough))) some kind of nonsense!
  13. Antei
    Antei 21 May 2021 09: 52
    In Tashkent, at TAPOiCH, manual assembly and docking of units did not interfere with the production of 5-6 cars per month. And in general I don't understand how the assembly process can be automated ... This is not an automotive industry with a conveyor belt and other robots ...
    1. Zaurbek
      Zaurbek 22 May 2021 13: 54
      As far as I understand, in parallel, and IL76 will be re-equipped.