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New tanker aircraft IL-78М2

According to the FINMARKET.RU, Aviastar SP aircraft factory in Ulyanovsk began construction of Il-78М2 tanker aircraft. The first air tanker based on the upgraded heavy military transport aircraft IL-76MD-90А will take off at the end of the 2015 of the year, and its flight tests are scheduled for the beginning of the 2016 of the year.

As a source in the aviation industry told Interfax-AVN, the timing of the creation of the IL-78М2 has shifted somewhat, as the requirements for the new tanker have changed. Previously, it was supposed to be non-convertible, but now it is necessary to create a convertible version, that is, the aircraft can be either a tanker or an ordinary military transport aircraft. "At present, the aircraft developer is carrying out development work to ensure the convertibility of IL-78М2, which is planned to be completed at the end of this year," the source added.

Earlier, Olga Fedonyuk, deputy general director of UAC Transport Planes, said that at the end of the year they would enter into a state contract, under which the RF Defense Ministry would receive an 31 prospective tanker by the end of 2020.
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  1. yulka2980
    yulka2980 13 May 2014 11: 55
    Hooray! How nice to read such articles! soldierAirplane handsome
    1. ShturmKGB
      ShturmKGB 13 May 2014 12: 01
      Lost years are a pity, we have to catch up, instead of going forward!
      1. Roman1970
        Roman1970 13 May 2014 12: 12
        Nothing, we'll catch up! There used to be such a lathe, called DIP. It meant "Catch up and overtake"! In the aircraft industry, such a slogan will be just right!
      2. aleks 62
        aleks 62 13 May 2014 12: 17
        ... Why, "Ruslanov" would set up production in the Russian Federation, and not in Kuropia, then it would be absolutely gut !!!
  2. capex1
    capex1 13 May 2014 11: 57
    Russia must strengthen the expansion of its weapons. By increasing the sales of our weapons, the Russian defense industry will be able to afford, without looking back (the country's budget), to develop an advanced weapon for its army that is capable of guaranteed response to any challenges with minimal casualties. And in the end it’s jobs, replenishment of the budget, the prestige of the country as a superpower.
    1. Zomanus
      Zomanus 13 May 2014 12: 05
      Is it a swastika on an airplane? And the knight is rather on the poster of the SS, the true ary ...
      1. DefakeR
        DefakeR 13 May 2014 12: 31
        This is an old runic sign "Yarilo" that is, the sun, the main and most powerful god in ancient Russia. And the uncle on the poster is still more Asgardian)))
      2. Ingvar 72
        Ingvar 72 13 May 2014 12: 33
        Quote: Zomanus
        true aryan ...

        And we are the distant descendants of the Indo-Aryans. And everything, and the Germans, and Russian, and even the British.
        1. Alibekulu
          Alibekulu 13 May 2014 13: 01
          Quote: Ingvar 72
          And we are the distant descendants of the Indo-Aryans. And everything, and the Germans, and Russian, and even the British.
          Hugo and Tajiks wink
          1. Ingvar 72
            Ingvar 72 13 May 2014 14: 02
            Quote: Alibekulu
            Hugo and Tajiks

            Yes, and the Tajiks. But only Pamir.
  3. podpolkovnik
    podpolkovnik 13 May 2014 11: 59
    It will be something to fuel the Tu-160 with Dmitry Rogozin on board when flying over Ukraine, Moldova, Romania and other European cities!
  4. jovanni
    jovanni 13 May 2014 12: 03
    Well! Now the network of gas stations around the states can be opened.
  5. asar
    asar 13 May 2014 12: 05
    the plane is not just a handsome giant! How many times have I seen, it is true, the IL-76, so constantly "baldel" from the size! Keep it up! good
  6. Kornilovets
    Kornilovets 13 May 2014 12: 07
    This is the right thing, victory will be ours!
  7. Giant thought
    Giant thought 13 May 2014 12: 10
    Keep it up! We will increase the number of such aircraft - significantly increase the combat effectiveness of our Air Force.
  8. Sterlya
    Sterlya 13 May 2014 12: 12
    How long has everything been done for us all the same. Would live to the 20th year and see what will happen by then ...
  9. Turkestan
    Turkestan 13 May 2014 12: 13
    And what on IL-78 two cylindrical fuel tanks with a total capacity of 28000 kg of fuel were not installed in the cargo compartment and they were not removable ??????
  10. tolyasik0577
    tolyasik0577 13 May 2014 12: 13
    Already 31 pieces. Imagine this armada landing troops somewhere mmm .... I don’t even know where. Let it be on the exercises. and do not care about the reaction of NATO, they carry out exercises near our borders, but do not forget that our polite people will take their cap off their backside and say-GOOD EVENING.
  11. nvn_co
    nvn_co 13 May 2014 12: 15
    Oh, what a swallow! A hard worker, "bearded" unkillable. Eternal glory to Genrikh Vasilievich Novozhilov and the Ilyushin guys for such a car! True, for us they are now teachers and grandfathers, but if they weren't there, there would be no us. How much they invested in it, then ... And now how noticeable is their stock for the future, their foresight and courage, then creating a design in decisions. Upgraded and the car is back in service! Clear skies with the new 76th, soft landings and long service life!
  12. Al_lexx
    Al_lexx 13 May 2014 12: 16
    Save. Convertible refueling will certainly be more expensive than usual, but there is an opportunity to save on transporters. Apparently, in the medium-long term, large-scale transport operations are expected.

    Good news. Thank.
  13. Gagarin
    Gagarin 13 May 2014 12: 17
    Good goose!
    I wonder if there will be orders for "Ruslans" on Antonov or the revolution has completely buried everything ?!
    It’s a pity if kirdyk, the car is well-known, there would be work for it.
    1. DefakeR
      DefakeR 13 May 2014 12: 38
      Yeah .... AN-124, AN-225 and the spiral .... I will cross my fingers so that they again take off in processed form in Russia
  14. vtur
    vtur 13 May 2014 12: 39
    In the photo, the IL-78 aircraft with the D-30KP ... It was necessary to place at least a picture of the new aircraft ...
  15. Mainbeam
    Mainbeam 13 May 2014 12: 48
    Look at the location of the tanks inside the aircraft. How much space do they take?
  16. Silkway0026
    Silkway0026 13 May 2014 12: 52
    I hope to return to cooperation with Ukraine soon. (To each his own - high technology to the East of Ukraine, European toilets to the West of Ukraine)
  17. VNP1958PVN
    VNP1958PVN 13 May 2014 12: 58
    That's right, refuelers are needed! It’s far away to fly abroad!
  18. LIS 25
    LIS 25 13 May 2014 13: 00
    a good thing we are slowly rearming, sorry for the lost years.
  19. archi.sailor
    archi.sailor 13 May 2014 13: 55
    dear aviators, enlighten the mariner - how will the new aircraft differ from the previous IL-78 modification? soldier
    1. jayich
      jayich 13 May 2014 14: 03
      In fact, it is IL-476, new engines, avionics, composites, and so on. The flight range will increase and a larger supply of fuel will be able to raise.
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    3. Turkestan
      Turkestan 13 May 2014 23: 57
      It’s hard to answer your question. Because in the article the information is presented in a Truncated Form. In fact, the elements of the TRANSFORMER were initially installed on the aircraft; the use of the cargo compartment of the aircraft and DTSO for performing any combat missions. But in general, if without all these commercial tricks a new plane is THING
  20. galaktikayo
    galaktikayo 13 May 2014 14: 28
    New planes in Ulyanovsk, new boats in the Caspian ... Not news, but joy.
  21. Russ69
    Russ69 13 May 2014 14: 33
    The Russian Defense Ministry will receive 31 promising refueling aircraft by the end of 2020.

    Is this in addition to 39 previously ordered transport or 31 of them will be convertible?
  22. cerbuk6155
    cerbuk6155 13 May 2014 15: 22
    Fine. The military-industrial complex is growing and the power of our army too. Long live Russia!. You can’t break us !. good drinks
  23. Leshka
    Leshka 13 May 2014 19: 48
    refueling strategically needed