Russian aircraft manufacturer, United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) has delivered the first flight prototype of Il-112V light transport aircraft to the flight test station in Voronezh Aircraft Production Plant (VASO), the company 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’ 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.