Il OJSC Congratulates Airforce Pilots Upon the Day of the Russian Air Force

12 August 2016
ОАО ИлThe 12th of August is the day of the Russian Air Force. On the eve of the celebration, the Dubrovichi range in the Ryazan region hosted «Aviadarts-2016», an international contest of air force pilots’ professional skill.

The participants of the contest included aircrews of Il-76MD military transport aircraft (MTA) who competed in the accuracy of level flight airdrop on the designated area, as well is in physical drill and theoretical learning, aerial navigation and piloting technique.

The crew of the Ivanovo MTA air centre under captain Aleksandr Shokhin’s command, the winners of the Russian stage of «Aviadarts», which took place in the Crimea in June, lived up to the high status of the best Russian MTA pilots operating the Il-76MD aircraft and gained the lead in their nomination during the international stage of the contest.

Background information.

Throughout its more than 80-year history, Ilyushin experimental design office has been developing aircraft intended to protect the peaceful skies of Russia. The masterpieces of military aviation created within the walls of our enterprise have made an invaluable contribution to the history of the world aircraft construction. Attack aircraft, frontline and long-range bombers, troop carriers, and special-purpose aircraft are only a few examples of machines developed for the Air Force by the Ilyushin staff during all these years.

Nowadays, the top priority task of Ilyushin Aviation Complex OJSC is to design MTA and special-purpose aircraft. By order of the Russian Ministry of Defence, a heavily-modified large military transport aircraft Il-76MD-90A has been brought into serial production, the flight tests of a modified combatant aircraft Il-76MD-M and the upgrade of a combatant refueling aircraft Il-78 are being carried out, and flight models of a promising light MTA aircraft Il-112V and a refueling aircraft Il-78M-90A are under construction. The works on the development of medium and super-heavy MTA aircraft are also ongoing. As part of the execution of the contract with the Minisitry of Defence, Il-96-400 aircraft has been brought into service in a special configuration.

Ilyushin Aviation Complex congratulates everyone who has dedicated his or her life to the military aviation! We wish you health, fortitude, and good luck in the noble cause of serving the motherland!