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Russian MoD cancels aerial refuelling tanker contract with UAC

Russia’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has formally cancelled its contract with the PJSC “United Plane Company” (UAC) to obtain two aerial refuelling tankers, based mostly on the Ilyushin Il-96, for the Russian Air Power.

That was reported by the Izvestiya on four Might.

The Ministry of Defence confirmed the actual fact of termination of the contract for the supply of two Il-96-400TZ, however declined to remark additional.

It was certainly one of Russia’s most bold navy tasks. In 2015 the Voronezh-based plane producer VASO, a part of UAC, was ordered to construct two aerial refuelling tankers, based mostly on the Ilyushin Il-96 for the Russian Aerospace Forces. The brand new plane is being designated because the Il-96-400TZ and needed to geared up with the Zvezda UPAZ-1 aerial refueling system, which has been beforehand confirmed on the Il-78 tanker flown by the Russian Air Power.

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In accordance with the specification, the IL-96-400TZ was supposed to move over 65 tons (IL-78M 40 tons)  of gas for a distance of as much as 3.5 (Il-78M 3000 km) thousand kilometers.

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It had been anticipated that if the primary two flying tankers it could go the checks, the plant might get new orders for a further 30 such planes.

“United Plane Company” proposed to transform two cargo Il-96-400T aircraft into Il-96-400TZ aerial refuelling tankers in a speedy procedures – for one and a half to 2 years and not using a full cycle of analysis and growth actions. Nevertheless, the Ministry of Defence didn’t agree with this proposal.

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