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Russia makes progress on first locally built light military transport aircraft

The Voronezh Aircraft Production Plant (Russian acronym VASO), which part of  United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), has started construction of the second prototype of new IL-112V light military transport aircraft for.

According to the company, a second prototype (serial number 01-02) will be used for full-scale fatigue and static testing to satisfy type-certification requirements.

At the same time, the first IL-112V light military transport aircraft prototype (serial number 01-01) has arrived at the final assembly workshop and expected to be fully completed before the end of March-April. According to unofficial information, the first flight of the prototype 01-01 is now scheduled for the second half of 2018.


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The IL-112V is a first Russian built light military transport aircraft developed under a contract with the Russian Ministry of Defence for replacing the An-26 aircraft. The aircraft is an Ilyushin-developed light military transport aircraft, designed for transporting and parachuting of military equipment and personnel, as well as of various cargos.

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The Il-112V will be equipped with two TV7-117ST Russian turboprop engines with a maximum power of 3500HP and fitted with AV-112 propellers. With a maximum take-off mass of 21t, the IL-112V will have a cruising speed of 450-500km/h, maximum flight altitude of 7600m, and a 3.5t payload flying range of 2400km. Also on aircraft will be installed the advanced President-S onboard defense system designed to protect from being hit by missiles, air defense and anti-aircraft artillery.

Mass production of the new light military transport aircraft is scheduled for 2019 at VASO after all state tests are completed.

Ilyushin Il-112V’s assembly line

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