The first production of military transport aircraft Il-76MF 30 September 2010 first took to the air, RIA Novosti reported. Flight of the transporter was held at the airport of Tashkent Aircraft Production Association named after Chkalov. The plane stayed in the air 38 minutes running test pilot Nikolai Kuimova.
Development of IL-76MF was conducted from the beginning of the 1990s. The first flight of the prototype aircraft made in August 1995. Transportnik created on the basis of IL-76, developed in the early 1970s and is the most popular heavy military transport aircraft in the world. With the start of series production of IL-76 was delivered to 900 customers such aircraft.
From the basic version of the Il-76MF offers extra carrying capacity up to 60 tons and lengthened by 6.6 meters fuselage. Increasing the length of the fuselage was made by the insertion by 3.3 meters in front of and behind the wings. Freighter is equipped with PS-90F-76, which have greatly increased the range of its flight. In comparison, with load of 40 tons of Il-76MF is able to make a flight range of 5.8 thousand kilometers, while IL-76, the figure is 4.7 thousand kilometers.