Russia to refurbish Il-78 refuelling tanker aircraft for Pakistan Air Force

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A Pakistan Air Force Ilyushin Il-78 air-to-air refuelling tanker aircraft are will be refurbished at the Russian 360th Aircraft Repair Plant in Ryazan.

The Pakistan Air Force has signed an agreement with JSC Rosoboronexport and 360th Aircraft Repair Plant for the refurbished of its fleet of Ilyushin Il-78 air-to-air refuelling tanker aircraft.

The Ilyushin IL-78 air-to-air refuelling tanker aircraft is a four-engine tanker principally used for in-flight refuelling. It was designed and developed on the basis of a similar predecessor, the IL-76, and has the Nato reporting name Midas.

A total of four Il-78MPs have been delivered to the Pakistan Air Force from Ukrainian surplus aircraft stocks, fitted with removable fuel tanks and UPAZ unified aerial-refueling pods (the length of the hose deployed in the airflow is about 26 m, the hose inner diameter is 52 mm, the fuel transfer rate is up to 2300 l/min). The first of the four aircraft was delivered in December 2009.


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