After the modernization, the tanker aircraft will be able to increase the service life up to 40 years (with the Il-78 resource up to 30 years), such a forecast is made by the specialists of Il.
It is known that the tactical-technical task of a modernization character was approved by the Russian Air Force as early as 2011. It concerns not only IL-78, but also IL-78M, as well as military transport workers IL-76MD.
Specialists of OAO EMZ named after V.M. Myasishchev. " It is reported that the process of upgrading the IL-76MD aircraft to the version of IL-76MD-M has already been completed. And now the updated military transport aircraft aviation passes a series of flight tests.
The first IL-78 arrived at the production site of the IL company in Zhukovsky near Moscow 11 of May 2016. The company plans to complete the modernization procedures and prepare for the start of flight tests by the first quarter of next year.
From the IL-78 flight performance: cruising speed - 750 km / h (when refueling 440-600 km / h), maximum flight altitude - 10250 m, takeoff run - 1,7 km, path length - 1 km. Maximum take-off weight - 190 t.