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The first tanker aircraft Il-78M for the Russian Air Force will begin to upgrade in 2014 year

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According to the Interfax-AVN news agency, the modernization of the Il-78M air tanker aircraft of the Russian Air Force will begin this year. "The first drill IL-78М should be submitted for modernization in 2014," the agency’s source said.



Il-78M tanker aircraft of the Russian Air Force, registration RF-78824, September 2013 (c) Alexey Reznichenko / russianplanes.net


According to him, now Aviation the Ilyushin complex develops and issues documentation for the modernization of this type of aircraft. "The completion of the modernization of the IL-78M is expected next year, followed by the stage of state testing of an air tanker," the agency’s source said.

He specified that the modernization of combat Il-78M is planned to be carried out at the Aviastar-SP aircraft factory in Ulyanovsk. The upgraded IL-78M will receive modern onboard equipment and means of refueling in the air. In addition, the D-30 engines of the power plant with the 12 and the IL-78M engines will be replaced with more modern PS-90-76 engines with the 14 tons, the source said. "Replacing the aircraft engines with upgrades to more advanced ones will significantly improve its basic flight characteristics," the agency’s source said.

Earlier it was reported that the upgraded IL-78M can be designated IL-78М2 or IL-78М-90А.

Before 1991, the 45 IL-78 and IL-78М were manufactured at the aircraft plant in Tashkent (Uzbekistan). At the beginning of last year, eight IL-78 and twelve IL-78M were in long-range aviation.

In 2012, the air tankers IL-78 and IL-78М made about 380 air refueling, transferring over 5 thousand tons of fuel.
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  1. velikoros-xnumx
    velikoros-xnumx 11 February 2014 09: 40
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    good news, but this is negligible. I wonder if it is planned to release new ones based on the IL-476?
    1. Nayhas
      Nayhas 11 February 2014 09: 59
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      Quote: velikoros-xnumx
      good news, but this is negligible. I wonder if it is planned to release new ones based on the IL-476?

      What for? Those that are really intended do not fly, so these are enough. Refueling in the air with us is mostly YES indulging in, and there are very few of them left.
  2. VohaAhov
    VohaAhov 11 February 2014 09: 52
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    Quote: velikoros-xnumx
    good news, but this is negligible. I wonder if it is planned to release new ones based on the IL-476?

    Yes, it is planned to build 30 new tankers based on the IL-476
    1. AVV
      AVV 11 February 2014 21: 49
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      Quote: VohaAhov
      Quote: velikoros-xnumx
      good news, but this is negligible. I wonder if it is planned to release new ones based on the IL-476?

      Yes, it is planned to build 30 new tankers based on the IL-476

      This is already something, and so they are not enough in the troops !!!
  3. dmitrij.blyuz
    dmitrij.blyuz 11 February 2014 10: 21
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    Guys! Wait VAF will come, and everything will become clear. IL-78 is a good car. I personally had no business (I’m not a poet, but I’ll say in poetry), but according to the reviews of flights in Krasnoyarsk, in place in Engels, the car is not bad. I emphasize- "Not bad." And they say about the Tu-22M3-EXCELLENT. So there is an incentive for improvement.
  4. VADEL
    VADEL 11 February 2014 11: 41
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    Quote: Nayhas
    Refueling in the air with us is mostly YES indulging in, and there are very few of them left.

    I would also be pampered, only on the ground and diesel fuel laughing .
  5. studentmati
    studentmati 11 February 2014 23: 32
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    What a chic wing mechanization job !!!
  6. dmitrij.blyuz
    dmitrij.blyuz 12 February 2014 14: 04
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    I was always ecstatic about the contemplation of the wing of the 76s! Well, you need to come up with this! Beautiful! And powerful!