Military Capabilities

Il-78M-90A rolled out

05 December 2017

On 29 November the prototype of the Il-78M-90A aerial refuelling tanker was rolled out at the Аviastar-SP plant in Ulyanovsk, Russia.

Based on the new Il-76MD-90A, the variant will add to, and eventually replace, the fleet of 21 Il-78/Il-78M aircraft operational with the Russian air force from the Ryazan Dyagilevo airbase 185 km south-east of Moscow.

Images and video footage taken during the rollout show that the prototype retains three refuelling points, with one pod on each wing and one to the port side of the rear fuselage. These appear to be Zvezda UPAZ-1M pods, each fitted with a 26 m hose and capable of delivering 2,340 litres of fuel a minute.

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