CJSC “Aviastar-SP” in Ulyanovsk starts production of the first Il-78M-90A tanker

13 February 2015
 CJSC “Aviastar-SP” in Ulyanovsk started manufacturing the first development model of the advanced tanker aircraft Il-78M-90A, designed by OJSC “Il”. At present the assembly of fuselage, wing and center wing units is in progress. The works are performed under the contract with the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation for R&D of an advanced tanker aircraft.

The Il-78M-90A under construction will be the first tanker aircraft, manufactured in Russia. Prior to it all the Il-78 were produced at TAPOiCh factory in Uzbekistan.

The Il-78M-90A is a modification of the Il-78MD-90A. At the customer’s request it should preserve features of a military transport aircraft: a ramp, parachute equipment, fire-extinguishing equipment (if necessary). But along with this it is possible to install fuelling equipment in the aircraft – additional fuel tanks inside the cargo compartment and unified suspension fuelling units. The Il-78M-90A aircraft will be the main tanker, equipped for aerial fuelling of long-range, front-line and special-purpose aviation. The aircraft will allow simultaneous fuelling of two front-line planes (Su-27, MiG-29) with wing-mounted fuelling units. The tail unit allows refueling of long-range and special-purpose aircraft. Also when used on the ground the Il-78M-90A will allow simultaneous refueling of four aircraft.

The aircraft is fitted with four new generation engines PS-90A-76 with increased bypass ratio and takeoff power rating (there are two takeoff modes available: maximum increased power with 16,000 kg of thrust and maximum power with 14,500 kg of thrust). Specific fuel consumption of PS-90A-76 engine is lower by 12-14% that fuel consumption of D-30KP engine.

Design, generation of engineering documentation and production of the aircraft is carried out on a digital basis.