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First IL-78 from Ukraine for China

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At the Kulbakino airfield (Nikolaev, Ukraine) 25 March 2014, the first flight took place after the repair of the Il-78 tanker aircraft prepared for delivery to the Chinese Air Force from the presence of the Ukrainian Air Force. The aircraft (serial number 59-10, serial number 0073478359, former Soviet / Ukrainian registration of the USSR / UR-76744) was overhauled at the state enterprise Nikolaev Aviation Repair Plant NARP, having received a new light color, but so far does not bear any identifying signs and numbers. This tanker aircraft is the first of three planned to be shipped to China under the 2011 contract of the year.


This Il-78 tanker was manufactured in 1987 at the V.P. Tashkent Aviation Production Association Chkalov and was operated in the 409th aviation regiment of tanker aircraft of the 105th heavy bomber aviation USSR Long-Range Aviation Division in Uzin. Together with the regiment, in 1992 the aircraft passed under the jurisdiction of Ukraine, and since 1993 it has been used for commercial purposes with dismantled refueling equipment. Since 2001, the aircraft was in storage at the Ukrainian Air Force at the Melitopol airfield.

In December, 2011 of the People's Republic of China signed a contract with Ukroboronprom GK worth 44,7 million for the purchase of three Il-78 refueling aircraft from storage with their refurbishment as tankers, with subsequent delivery of their PLA air force. In this connection, the Ukrainian media reported that the contract was concluded by the Ukrainian side at a deliberately low price, and that the contract’s profitability is achieved only at the cost of 52,5 million dollars, and that as a result of the work on IL-78 for China on the NARP are unprofitable for the plant.

So far, the PLA Air Force has not exploited the Il-78 tanker aircraft.




The first tanker Il-78 prepared for delivery to China from Ukraine (59-10 serial number, 0073478359 serial number, former Soviet / Ukrainian registration of the USSR / UR-76744). Kulbakino (Nikolaev), 25.03.2014 (c) Andrey Rakul / russianplanes.net
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  1. from punk
    from punk 27 March 2014 10: 40
    +6
    everything is for sale. and if it is unprofitable, it’s clear that money is for pocket and not for treasury. this is how to fix a friend’s commander’s car in a military unit’s park
    1. avg
      avg 27 March 2014 10: 58
      +1
      Quote: punk
      everything is for sale. and if it is unprofitable, it’s clear that money is for pocket and not for treasury.

      Yanks, Hans, give more weapons, otherwise the Chinese really need it, and the Soviet ends. yes
  2. Coffee_time
    Coffee_time 27 March 2014 10: 41
    +3
    We are waiting for the clone of this aircraft in the near future
    1. Afinogen
      Afinogen 27 March 2014 10: 48
      +5
      Quote: Coffee_time
      We are waiting for the clone of this aircraft in the near future


      There is such a Chinese aircraft Y-20
    2. Scoun
      Scoun 27 March 2014 10: 57
      +6
      Quote: Coffee_time
      We are waiting for the clone of this aircraft in the near future

      They will squeeze everything out of this one repaired to the maximum ... and will do their next ones with certain "improvements".

      Quote: Athenogen
      There is such a Chinese aircraft Y-20

      Now, if the Chinese were completely satisfied with their plane .. they would not buy the Ukrainian Il for "shake-up".
  3. mamont5
    mamont5 27 March 2014 10: 41
    +3
    We decided to sell the last one.
    1. Russ69
      Russ69 27 March 2014 10: 46
      +1
      Quote: mamont5
      We decided to sell the last one.

      It's about time. But in fact, that they refuel ...
  4. Gagarin
    Gagarin 27 March 2014 10: 41
    +3
    As I understand it, it is loaded in China with a full set of those documentation for modernization, the following models will already be "purely Chinese development".
  5. BYV
    BYV 27 March 2014 10: 42
    0
    That's interesting, but maydanutye po.h.e.r.a.t. and this contract too?
  6. svp67
    svp67 27 March 2014 10: 42
    0
    This Il-78 refueling aircraft was made in 1987 at the V.P. Tashkent Aviation Production Association Chkalov and was operated in the 409th aviation regiment of tanker aircraft of the 105th heavy bomber aviation division of the Long-Range Aviation of the USSR Air Force in Uzin
    Yes .. and do not disdain the "old man"
  7. serega.fedotov
    serega.fedotov 27 March 2014 10: 43
    0
    I think after the Ukrainian maneuvers / the ongoing movement does not pull to prepare for the war with RUSSIA! / There will be gigantic "combat" losses, and the Soviet military second-hand will become much cheaper!
  8. svetlomor
    svetlomor 27 March 2014 10: 43
    +3
    All that can be sold, and now they are collecting money for the army by SMS, it is good that they did not have nuclear weapons.
  9. Gagarin
    Gagarin 27 March 2014 10: 44
    +9
    I can imagine how the junta regrets about the Tu-160, now it would be great to push them in China under its own power, at the price of scrap!
    1. Wedmak
      Wedmak 27 March 2014 10: 57
      +2
      Now it would be great to push them under their own power at the price of scrap!

      After 20 years of wallowing by the government of the Ukrainian army in manure? Under its own power? Even if they had remained: a) the Yankees would have been cut b) the survivors would have been lying belly on the grass, God forbid, with the skin.
      1. PSih2097
        PSih2097 27 March 2014 16: 14
        0
        Quote: Wedmak
        Even if they had remained: a) the Yankees would have been cut b) the survivors would have been lying belly on the grass, God forbid, with the skin.

        one Tu-160 and one Tu-95MS are in the Poltava Museum ...


    2. serega.fedotov
      serega.fedotov 27 March 2014 11: 15
      0
      Yusovtsy paid the destruction of TU160 royally, they didn’t forget anyone! So the plowmen of the Maidan have long received their share!
  10. kopar
    kopar 27 March 2014 10: 56
    +8
    There is a push for what was once left of the Soviet Union ....
    Guys, the Empire is no longer 25 (!!!) years old, and we are still exploiting its legacy ..... This was the potential!
    1. ARS56
      ARS56 27 March 2014 13: 31
      +2
      This is another argument for.
      It's time to create a new Russian Empire.
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  12. RND
    RND 27 March 2014 11: 00
    +3
    First IL-78 from Ukraine for China

    And probably the latter, if the Chinese laughed and made an advance payment. Ukrainian comrades have experience - grain for 3 Chinese lard. Well, the grain has not grown, mml ... laughing
  13. lexx2038
    lexx2038 27 March 2014 11: 01
    +3
    Quickly, they all sell-plunder, they feel that soon everything will come under the jurisdiction of Russia.
  14. Weniamin
    Weniamin 27 March 2014 17: 12
    0
    Soon the country put up for auction.