The perspective of the military transport aircraft Il-476 (Il-76MD-90A) 18 March 2013 embarked on a program of flight tests of the factory first flight of the program was held in Zhukovsky near Moscow. During the test on March 18 freighter was in the air for an hour and 55 minutes and performed a flight at an altitude of two to ten thousand feet.
During the first flight under the production test was performed testing the strength characteristics of the Il-476, automatic control systems, navigation systems and complex "glass" cockpit. According to the commander transporter distinguished test pilot of Russia Nicholas Kuimova in flight the aircraft was stable and manageable, "all systems worked nominally."
In late February it was announced that the Ulyanovsk plant "Aviastar-SP" started assembling the first three mass-transport Il-476, which will be transferred to the Russian Air Force in 2014. Building aircraft is under contract with the Russian Ministry of Defense, under which the military department must receive 39 Il-476. Until 2020, the Defense Ministry plans to buy about a hundred new transporters.
IL-476 is a deep modernization transporter Il-76MD. The first flight