Second stage of manufacturer’s tests for Il-76MD-90A heavy military-transport aircraft started

14 December 2016

The second stage of the first engineering test model of Il-76MD-90A heavy military-transport aircraft (manufacturer’s No. 0102) manufacturer’s tests has started. Upon the completion of the first stage of joint state tests, the aircraft advanced by «Aviastar-SP»CJSC performed its test flight from airfield «Ulyanovsk-Vostochny» on December 14, 2016.

The modernization of the aircraft included modification of flight navigation system, installation of airborne defence system and new-generation communication system.

The aircrew of Ilyushin test pilots under the command of «Ilyushin Aviation Complex» OJSC chief pilot, Hero of the Russian Federation and Honored Test Pilot of the Russian Federation – Nikolay Kuimov.

The flight passed successfully, and all the systems worked as per normal conditions.

Joint Ilyushin and Russian MoD aircrew performed the first stage of state tests. In the frame of the first stage there were 38 test flights performed and the following systems checked: Kupol-III-76M(A) flight navigation system and all its component subsystems, fuel system, auto-pilot and radio communication system. The work on maximum ruggedness limit speed modes and maximum G-loads, combined maximum speed and G-load was performed. In the frame of state tests the flights with maximum 120 tons take-off weight and 170 tons landing weight were performed, as well as works on techniques of aircraft go-round were performed with simulated failure of one and both engines.