First built in 2021 the military transport Il-76MD-90A began flight tests. The new plane took off from the factory airfield Ulyanovsk-Vostochny. According to spotters, first flight passed 10 June, there is no official information about the tests.
According to the blog bmpd, the first IL-76MD-90A built this year took off. The rollout of this aircraft in mid-May was reported by the press service of the UAC, stated, that this is the first plane, assembled on the production line. 16 May the new Il-76MD-90A was transferred to the ground station “Aviastar-SP” for ground and flight tests.
As the blog writes, despite the introduction of the production line, production of military transport Il-76MD-90A for the Ministry of Defense “slips”, planes are delayed. Only the first plane took off this year, while by the end of the year the Aerospace Forces should receive five new-built aircraft. In March this year, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said, that the military department will receive five new heavy military transport aircraft Il-76MD-90A this year, but I wanted to get all ten. According to the minister, in the future, the release of new and modernized Il-76MD-90A must be brought to 20 aircraft per year.
Today “Aviastar-SP” built only eight (including new) military transport aircraft from 39, ordered by the Ministry of Defense under the contract, signed back in 2012 year. Delivery of Il-76MD-90A is delayed. In May 2020 of the year, the Ministry of Defense renewed the contract with “Aviastar-SP” on new terms. Now under the old contract 2012 the plant will now be commissioned in total 13 Il-76MD-90A aircraft, and with 2021 a new contract for the supply of 14 such aircraft to 2028 of the year.