The IL-476 prototype made its first flight last September. The first serial produced aircraft is expected to be delivered in 2014 and deliveries is to be complete by 2020.
The IL-476 is the latest version of the widely exported IL-76 designed by the Ilyushin design bureau. The aircraft retains the legacy airframe and fuselage of the old aircraft, but is significantly modernized with:
- new and redesigned wing
- new glass cockpit
- improved digital avionics
- digital flight control system
- more powerful and fuel efficient PS-90A-76 engines
All aircraft production has now been moved to the Aviastar plant in Ulyanovsk, which has taken over from the original Tashkent Aviation Production Association in Uzbekistan, where the IL-76 had traditionally been produced.