The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is planning to buy at least 14 Ilyushin Il-78M-90A aerial tankers until the end of 2027, Deputy Defence Minister Alexey Krivoruchko said during a visit to the Aviastar-SP aviation plant, a subsidiary of United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), on 1 August, adding that this number “may be increased”.
“We are considering signing a long-term state contract for the delivery,” he said, pending “the positive results of the aircraft’s trials, which are scheduled for this year”.
A Russian aerospace industry source told Jane’s that the MoD’s requirement for the Il-78M-90A is estimated to be over 30 aircraft.
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