The first assembled heavy transport aircraft IL-76MD-90A was transferred to the flight testing station of the aircraft plant for ground and flight testing. This was announced on Wednesday by the press service of the Rostec State Corporation.
The IL-76MD-90A aircraft has been derived from the design of the production IL-76MD to further improve airplanes of this type and broaden their transportation capabilities through the modernisation of their wings and installation of more powerful, efficient, and quiet PS-90A-76 engines instead of D-30KP-2 engines. The IL-76MD-90A is intended for paradropping and the delivery of military personnel, military equipment, goods, fuel, and containers.
"For the enterprise, this is a landmark event confirming the ability of the team of Ulyanovsk aircraft manufacturers to effectively solve the most important tasks. The introduction of the new technological process in the future will contribute to increasing the volume of serial production of more than ten aircraft per year," said Sergey Sheremetov, Managing Director of CJSC Aviastar-SP.
Unlike the previously used technology, the new assembly line in CJSC Aviastar-SP will reduce the labor intensity of aircraft assembly by 38%. The line consists of ten workstations for docking the fuselage, wing, tail plumage and stations for the installation of power plants and aircraft systems. It is equipped with a laser positioning system of units, which ensures high accuracy of docking of all aircraft elements.
Modified IL-76MD-90A airplanes meet the noise requirements of Chapter 4 of ICAO Annex 16, as well as effective emissions standards. This, along with RNP-1’s flight navigation capability, has enabled expansion of the IL-76MD-90A’s area of operations, both in domestic and international airlines.
The flight crew compartment and airborne equipment have been completely modernized. Up-to-date flight control and navigation equipment is used in the airplane. Six multi-function digital displays are arranged on the instrument panel, which display all the information required to control the aircraft. The flight navigator’s station is equipped with a multi-function display that provides aeronautical information. Thus, a so called “glass cockpit” concept is implemented in the airplane, which reduces the crew’s workload and increases flight safety level.
All airplane modernization work, from initial designing to the manufacture of a flight model, was performed in digital format using up-to-date computer systems. All of the design and manufacturing process documentation for the product has been completely digitalized and is compatible with modern digital technology when used in production.