The Russian Defense Ministry has approved the tactical and technical requirements for the Il-276 prospective medium-lift military transport plane, aircraft manufacturer Ilyushin Aviation Complex told Sputnik.
“The tactical and technical requirements for a medium-lift military transport aircraft have been approved,” the company said in response to a relevant question.
“We are certain that the Il-276 will become one of the main assets of Russia’s military transport aviation for several decades to come,” the company stressed.
Ilyushin Aviation Complex also announced that the draft design of the Il-276 prospective medium-lift military transport plane is expected to be completed in 2019.
“The preliminary design of the Il-276 plane is expected to be completed by the Ilyushin specialists in 2019. The list of subcontractors in the development work has already been approved,” Ilyushin said.
According to the company, the development of the plane is carried out simultaneously with two types of engines - the first batch of the aircraft will be equipped with the PS-90A-76 engines, while the later ones - with the upgraded PD-14 engines.
“On-board radio-electronic equipment will allow the plane to fly in any weather conditions, day and night, in all climatic zones,” the company added.
The Il-276 is a prospective two-engine medium-lift military transport aircraft, providing transportation of cargoes weighing up to 20 metric tons at a speed of up to 800 kilometers (about 500 miles) per hour.
The work on Il-276 draft design is currently underway. The plane is expected to make its maiden flight in 2023, while first deliveries to the Russian armed forces are planned for 2026.