Saturday, October 6, 2012

Russia flight tests IL-476

Russian President Vladimir Putin observed the modified IL-76 undergo flight tests at the Aviastar-SP aviation complex in Ulyanovsk. The plane completed a flight test that lasted approximately 15 minutes.

 "This is the first, essentially new plane, that Russia's aviation industry has produced in the past 21 years," Putin said. "I am confident that this plane will enjoy great demand here, and among our possible partners abroad." 

Wikipedia indicates l-476 (Il-76MD-90A): is An updated version with a new glass cockpit, updated avionics and Aviadvigatel PS-90 engines.

The Il-76 is has a similar design to, but is much larger, the US C-141. 

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