Russia’s under-development Ilyushin Il-112V tactical military transport aircraft performed its first flight on March 30, United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) announced.
The first flight was conducted from the the airstrip of Voronezh Aircraft Production Association (VASO) in Voronezh in southwestern Russia.
“The crew performed all tasks of the maiden flight program. No serious issues were detected during the flight. Chief pilot Nikolay Kuimov confirmed superb qualities of the new plane”, Alexey Rogozin, CEO of Ilyushin, was quoted as saying by Sputnik.
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.