Russia's New Transport Aircraft to Continue Test Flights in 2020 10 October, 2019


New developments have taken place in the IL-112V program, designed by Russia after the Soviet Union from scratch. Ilyushin IL-112V, the light transport plane will replace the ageing Antonov An-26 and An-24 airlifters in the Russian military. Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said that work is underway to reduce the weight of the platform and that the flight tests are aimed to be resumed in the first quarter of 2020. Redesign work on the aircraft was ordered after the aircraft's first test flight, which occurred in March. Though Ilyushin CEO Alexey Rogozin said that "no serious issues were detected during the flight,". The tests revealed that the aircraft in its present state does not meet the Ministry of Defence's carrying capacity requirements. The aircraft is expected to have a 5-ton carrying capacity and be able to reach speeds of up to 450 kilometres per hour.

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