The aircraft, which has the serial number of 01-02 and received registration number RA-78650, was transferred to the flight test station on July 5 this year. After the end of ground tests of aircraft systems began flight testing.
September 22 plane for the first time broke away from the concrete runway airport "Ulyanovsk-East" under the crew of a test pilot and Hero RF Nicholas Kuimova (commander), a distinguished test pilot Vladimir Irinarhova (second pilot), Valeria Grechko (navigator), Alexey Zhuravlev (flight engineer) and Sergei Orlov (radio operator). First flight lasted about 40 minutes and took place in a normal mode.
After doing a few flights to Ulyanovsk car flew in Zhukovsky near Moscow for further trials.
Upgraded Il-76MD-90A has some significant differences from the production of Il-76MD-produced by TAPOiCH in Uzbekistan.
Through the use of a new wing and enhanced chassis increased maximum takeoff weight of 190 to 210 tons, and the desired maximum load — from 47 to 60 tons.
Instead of the previously used engines D-30KP2 on aircraft is new PS-90A-76 of production of JSC "Perm Engine Company". With all this at the expense of greater traction engines with the greatest length of the runway take-off weight was reduced from 1,750 to 1,600 meters, but by the best 12% fuel efficiency range with a load of 52 tons increased from 4,000 to 5,000 km.
The aircraft received a modern flight control and navigation system and the "glass" cockpit.
Government Order RF the development and organization of production in Ulyanovsk modernized IL-76 was adopted December 20, 2006. After 5 years and 9 months First transport airplane Sludge-76, built on the Russian aircraft factory, rose into the air.
Meanwhile, "Aviastar-SP" continues to build 2-subsequent aircraft (№ 01-03 and 01-04), their flight is planned for 2013.