Russia’s EMERCOM to get six new Il-76s

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Russia’s Ministry of Emergency Relief (EMERCOM) has ordered six examples of the Ilyushin Il-76TD-90A freighter, a civil version of Il-76MD-90A military transport which is assembled at the Ulyanovsk-based Aviastar-SP enterprise. The aircraft are to be delivered in 2016-2022. The agency will use the freighters to carry humanitarian supplies and as medical evacuation transports, as well as for other emergency response missions around the world.

The ministry also contracted Aviastar’s MRO subsidiary Aviaservis to provide maintenance and modernization services for the six Il-76s it currently operates.

“We are going to implement a whole new approach to continued airworthiness, which will give the six aircraft a second life in the near future and will allow them to fly missions again,” said EMERCOM head Vladimir Puchkov. “Emergency response has its specifics: our staff have to fly to Yakutia, where temperatures drop to -60°C, one day and to Africa with its +60°C the following day. This exerts additional pressure both on the people and the aircraft.”

In a separate development, EMERCOM is looking to procure Tupolev Tu-204 airliners, which are also assembled at Aviastar-SP. These aircraft are capable of non-stop flights across Russia. The OEM is preparing an offer for the ministry, Puchkov said.

The ministry expects to take delivery of Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ 100) aircraft in December 2015. EMERCOM’s fixed-wing fleet currently includes six Beriev Be-200 amphibians and two Antonov An-148-100EM regional jets with combined medevac/VIP cabins.

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