Published: Monday, 27 June 2016 16:59
Russian airframer Ilyushin has resumed the development of the Il-214 medium airlifter at its own expense. Previously, the plane had been co-developed with India under the MTA program, the company’s press office has told journalists.
An artistic rendering of Ilyushin’s future Il-214 medium airlifter
“The Ilyushin Aviation complex is developing the future medium airlifter for the Russian Aerospace Force at its own expense. A scaled model of the aircraft has been made, and the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) are gearing up for its wind-tunnel tests, using mock-ups of both the PS-90A and PD-14 engines,” the press office said.
The future aircraft will be powered either by two PS-90As or by a pair of PD-14s, with the latter’s flight tests having started last year.
“The Ilyushin Aviation Complex has designated its future medium military transport aircraft development program as Il-214,” the press office concluded.
In January, Ilyushin Director General Sergei Velmozhkin told journalists about the program having been put on hold. According to him, the company expected “to clarify somehow” the future of the program by the middle of the year. There have been no official statements about the cause behind the suspending of the Russian-Indian program.
The Il-214 is designed to carry and air-land troops, their equipment, and cargo. It is to haul 20 tons of cargo at a distance of over 2,000 km. The aircraft is supposed to operate from unpaved and artificial airfields, including those high in the mountains.
India Is Out, But Russia Continues Developing Il-214 Transport – ainonline.com
Il-214 medium airlifter
The UAC Il-214 Multi-role Transport Aircraft (MTA) is a medium-airlift military transport aircraft which is being developed by the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) of Russia, and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) of India. The two companies began the joint venture in 2009, when it was expected that each would be investing US$300 million in the project.
The MTA was intended to replace the Indian Air Force’s ageing fleet of Antonov An-32 transport aircraft. It is designed to perform regular transport duties and also to deploy paratroopers. The aircraft is expected to conduct its first flight by 2017, and to enter service by 2018.
In January 2016, it was announced that the India’s HAL would no longer be involved in the project and that Russia would proceed with the project alone.
Data from UACRussia.ru and Ilyushin.org
- Capacity:70 to 150 passengers
- Payload:20,000 kilograms (44,000 lb)
- Length:7 m (123 ft 8 in)
- Wingspan:5 m (116 ft 6 in)
- Height:95 m (42 ft 6 in)
- Max takeoff weight:68,000 kg (149,914 lb)
- Fuel capacity:25,000 kilograms (55,000 lb)
- Powerplant:2 × Aviadvigatel PD-14M turbofan engines, 152.98 kN (34,392 lbf) thrust each
Aviadvigatel PD-14M turbofan engine
- Maximum speed:870 km/h (541 mph; 470 kn)
- Cruising speed:810 km/h (503 mph; 437 kn)
- Range:3,250 km (2,019 mi; 1,755 nmi) with payload of 20,000 kilograms (44,000 lb)
- Ferry range:7,300 km (4,536 mi; 3,942 nmi)
- Service ceiling:13,100 m (42,979 ft)
- Takeoff run: 1,050 metres (3,440 ft)
- Landing run: 1,050 metres (3,440 ft)