The new Il-78M-90A aircraft tankers will start to arrive in the Russian Air Force in 2018, said on Monday a source in the defense industry.
The Il-78M-90A is the first tanker aircraft produced in Russia. Prior to this, all the IL-78 aircraft were assembled in Uzbekistan at the Chkalov Tashkent Aircraft Production Association.
“It is expected that the Il-78M-90A will be supplied to the Russian Air Force in 2018”, – a source said.
This February, the “United Aircraft Corporation” reported that the Ulyanovsk Aircraft Plant started building a prototype of the Il-78M-90A.
The aircraft will be the major tanker adapted for in-flight refueling of far, tactical and special aviation aircraft.