Russia’s Il-112V Transport Aircraft Prototype Performs Maiden Taxi Trials

The first prototype of Russia’s Il-112V transport aircraft performed its maiden taxi trials on the runway of Voronezh Aircraft Production Association (VASO) in Voronezh in southwestern Russia, United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) announced.

The Ilyushin Il-112V is a high-wing light military transport aircraft being developed by Ilyushin Aviation Complex (JSC IL) as a replacement for Soviet-era Antonov An-26 ‘Curl’ tactical airlifters.

The aircraft is being manufactured by the Voronezh Aircraft Production Association (VASO). Both JSC Ilyushin and VASO are part of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC).

Il-112V is powered by two improved Klimov TV7-11ST turboprop engines, with 2,610 kW (3,500 hp) each, each fitted with 6-bladed AV-112 constant-speed reversible pitch propellers.

The airlifter is 25.15 m long, with a height of 8.89 m and a wing span of 27.6 m. It has a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of around 20t, and payload capacity of 6t.

The Il-112V aircraft is capable of performing the transportation and airdropping of military personnel, light weapons and equipment, vehicles, and a variety of cargo. The aircraft is equipped with a loading ramp for easy loading and unloading of equipment.

Russia has offered the Il-112V aircraft to India to fulfill the Medium Transport Aircraft (MTA) requirement which seeks to replace Indian Air Force’s ageing Avro 748M fleet.

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