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1 septembre 2015 2 01 /09 /septembre /2015 07:30
photo EMA / Armée de l'Air

photo EMA / Armée de l'Air


14/08/2015 Sources : État-major des armées


Le 11 août 2015, un avion de transport de type Iliouchine IL76 affrété par le Centre de soutien des opérations et des acheminements (CSOA) s’est posé sur la base aérienne projetée (BAP) en Jordanie pour livrer du matériel au profit des éléments de la force Chammal.


Plus de 3 tonnes de fret comprenant caisses, colis, et palettes ont été déchargées. La manœuvre a été assurée par le DéTIA (détachement du transit interarmées air) qui a opéré sous la direction du load master. Ce membre d’équipage est chargé d’assurer la bonne répartition des charges, la bonne fixation des masses, et le respect de la règlementation, notamment pour le transport des matériels dangereux. Les personnels du DéTIA se sont quant à eux affairés avec les transpalettes et chariots élévateurs pour décharger le matériel technique ou aéronautique destiné au détachement de chasse de la BAP et aux autres unités du site. Un moteur de Mirage2000 a notamment été acheminé, en remplacement d’un autre moteur dont la maintenance sera assurée en France.


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4 février 2015 3 04 /02 /février /2015 08:40
Embarquement d'une bombe sous la voilure d'un Il-76. photo Ilyushin

Embarquement d'une bombe sous la voilure d'un Il-76. photo Ilyushin


02/02/2015 par Emmanuel Huberdeau – Air & Cosmos


La société russe Ilyushin a publié des photos d'un exercice réalisé avec l'armée russe comprenant l'embarquement de bombes sur un avion IL-76MD. Ces images rappellent que l'IL-76 dont la vocation première est le transport peut également être utilisé comme avion d'armes.


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16 juin 2014 1 16 /06 /juin /2014 16:40
Ukraine reacts to shot-down Il-76


Jun 16, 2014 by Craig Hoyle – FG


Forty-nine Ukrainian military personnel were killed when an air force-operated Ilyushin Il-76MD transport was shot down by pro-Russian militants in the conflict-affected nation on 14 June.


The aircraft, which carried the Ukrainian air force registration 76777, was brought down while on approach to land at Lugansk airport at 00:51 local time. Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko described the action as a “cynical terrorist attack”.


Flightglobal’s Ascend Online database records the destroyed aircraft as having been built in 1988, and reveals its loss reduces the air force’s active inventory of the type to four examples.


The incident took place a day after NATO secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen expressed concerns that “pro-Russian armed gangs are acquiring heavy weapons from Russia, including Russian tanks”. The availability of such equipment “would mark a serious escalation of the crisis in eastern Ukraine”, he added.


According to Ascend, a total of 65 Ukrainian military personnel have been killed this year when their aircraft were shot down. Such incidents have included the loss of a Border Guard-operated Mil Mi-8 transport helicopter near Sloviansk on 29 May, in which 14 people were killed, and the loss of an army Mi-24 assault helicopter and its two-person crew on 2 May, also near Sloviansk.

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18 décembre 2013 3 18 /12 /décembre /2013 17:35
DRDO's new heavy drop system during a demonstration. Photo: DRDO

DRDO's new heavy drop system during a demonstration. Photo: DRDO


18 December 2013 army-technology.com


The Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed a 16t capacity heavy drop system (HDS) to enhance the national army's ability to airdrop military stores, including vehicles, supplies and ammunition.


Developed by DRDO's Aerial Delivery Research and Development Establishment (ADRDE), three system prototypes have also met performance parameters during two successful drops at an undisclosed location.


Primarily designed for paradropping of military vehicles, including BMP class and ammunition trolleys from IL-76 heavy lift aircraft, the system is claimed to be an extension of technology developed by DRDO for P-7 HDS, the 7t capacity HDS already accepted by the Indian Army.


Indian defence minister scientific advisor and Department of Defence R&D secretary, Avinash Chander, said the system offers 'drop and drive' capability and once inducted, would considerably enhance the capabilities of armed forces.


The system features a parachute sub-system and platform sub-system, which in turn consists of a set of removable wheels that facilitates transport of load to the airfield, and a platform fastening and release lock (PFRL) for safe carriage and release of load in/from the aircraft during all flight manoeuvre conditions and emergency landing.


The parachute system features two auxiliary and five main parachutes, which reduce the descent rate to desired speed at touchdown, and are released by an automatic disengage unit (ADU) on impact with ground to avoid dragging and toppling of load due to high surface winds.


Extensively tested during the technical and users trials at different types of drop zones in planes, deserts and high altitude areas, the re-usable system can be utilised to provide drop practice to the soldiers during regular military training.


The system also participated in army's Excope 2009 exercise with the US Air Force and in demonstration at Pokhran, Rajasthan, India, during its development phase.

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14 novembre 2013 4 14 /11 /novembre /2013 12:45
Il-76s for the SAAF?


13 November 2013 defenceWeb


A SA National Defence Force (SANDF) project team is burning the midnight oil on an urgent study to ensure extra airlift capacity for the SA Air Force (SAAF) becomes a reality.


Afrikaans daily Beeld reports Ilyushin 76s (Il-76s) are top of the list to supplement the ageing C-130BZs operated by 28 Squadron.


The acquisition of at least three of the massive Russian transport aircraft, probably second hand, is seen as essential to providing support for South African peacekeeping and peace support deployments on the continent.


The acquisition will be paid for out of the Strategic Capital Acquisition Master Plan (SCAMP), the paper reported.


Defence analyst Helmoed Heitman told the paper the establishment of the airlift project team could be traced back to the Central African Republic (CAR) deployment and the Battle for Bangui earlier this year. This because no suitable aircraft were available at short notice to fly much-needed Mamba vehicles to South African troops.


Lockheed Martin, manufacturers of the C-130, has made presentations to the SAAF as regards replacing the BZ, which has been in service for 50 years, with the new C-130J. The gap in airlift capacity became more pronounced when government bailed out of the Airbus Military A400M programme in 2009 citing cost escalations and production delays as the reasons for South Africa no longer wanting to be a risk sharing partner in the new generation airlifter. A deposit of R3.5 billion was refunded but indications earlier this year were at least part of that money was allocated to the controversial Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP).


Heitman told Beeld’s specialist defence writer Erika Gibson the SAAF has never before operated Russian aircraft and, if Il-76s were acquired, it would mean an overhaul of the logistic system to keep them operational. There are also currently no SAAF pilots rated on the Il-76.


The SANDF has used chartered Il-76s to transport equipment to places like the Democratic Republic of Congo for peacekeeping missions, as it is difficult to fit aircraft like Oryx helicopters into the SAAF’s C-130s without major dismantling. Chartering aircraft is an expensive undertaking – for example the SANDF spent R108 million chartering aircraft for operations in the Central African Republic between January and April this year.


The Il-76 is a four-engined strategic airlifter that first flew in March 1971. Nearly a thousand of these robust aircraft have been built for military and commercial operators around the world, with hundred still in service. The aircraft can carry between 42 and 52 tonnes of payload, depending on the model.

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18 janvier 2013 5 18 /01 /janvier /2013 13:35



January 18, 2013: Strategy Page


Photos from China confirm rumors that the air force there has been developing an air transport similar to the American C-17. The new Chinese aircraft is called the Y-20 and appears to have a max weight of 220 tons and a max payload of 80 tons. In most other respects it appears very similar to the C-17. The Y-20 will likely include many characteristics of the 195 ton Il-76, a Russian heavy transport that can carry up to 50 tons and that the Chinese have been using for decades. The two Y-20 prototypes have been undergoing ground taxi tests, which usually happens within months, or up to a year before the first flight.


The C-17 entered service 17 years ago and each one has a useful life of 30,000 flight hours. The 290 ton C-17 can carry up to 100 tons (including one M-1 tank) anywhere in the world because of in-air refueling. The C-17 costs about $250 million each. Britain, with eight, is the largest foreign user of the C-17. Australia and the UAE each have six while Canada and Qatar each have four. India has ordered ten. The U.S. Air Force operates 203. China does not need that many Y-20s, but it does want to get away from depending on Russia for heavy transports. Dealing with Russia can be difficult.


Last year China revived, in part, a 2005 deal to buy Il-76 transports from Russia. The new arrangement only involved China buying ten refurbished Il-76s. Back in 2005, China placed a $1.5 billion order for 38 Il-76 transport planes and Il-78s (tanker versions of the Il-76). A year later China cancelled the deal when Russia tried to up the price 27 percent. China went looking elsewhere, including urging its domestic aircraft manufacturers to come up with something. That process eventually led to the Y-20, but in the meantime China needs some more jet powered military transports.


Similar to the older American C-141, the Il-76 was originally only manufactured in Uzbekistan. That's because one of the Russian aircraft plants moved east during the German invasion of 1941, and ended up in Central Asia, a part of the Soviet Union that became independent Uzbekistan in 1991. Over the last decade Russia has been moving Il-76 production from Uzbekistan to Russia.


Over 900 Il-76s were manufactured over the last thirty years, most by what is now the Chkalov Tashkent Aircraft Production Company in Uzbekistan. Nearly a hundred Il-76s were exported, so far, mainly to Cuba, Iraq, China, India, Libya, and Syria. However, until the 2005 Chinese order came along, Chkalov was surviving by manufacturing wings and other components for the An-124, An-70, and An-225 transports. In addition, it made replacement parts for the Il-76 and Il-114 aircraft.


Russian commercial aircraft survived during the Cold War partly because they had a captive market (the former Soviet Union, the East European nations the Soviets dominated) and were attractive to a few other nations looking for cheap, often free, and rugged aircraft. While many old Soviet transports still serve on in secondary markets, these designs are no longer competitive. Western models, while more expensive, are cheaper and easier to operate. The old Soviet era aviation firms have tried hard to compete, but that competition will eventually kill off most of the Soviet era producers, leaving only a few who managed to catch up with the rest of the world or found a specialized niche.


China is no longer interested in buying 38 Il-76/78s but is willing to work with Russia in developing a Chinese replacement for the Il-76. That’s the Y-20 which is using Russian engines and much more Russian aviation technology as well.

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5 mars 2012 1 05 /03 /mars /2012 13:50
IL-76MD-90A under construction at Aviastar-SP's production facility

IL-76MD-90A under construction at Aviastar-SP's production facility



NIZHNY NOVGOROD, March 2 (RIA Novosti)


Russia’s modernized Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A aircraft, also known as the Il-476, will conduct its maiden flight by the end of June, Ulyanovsk-based Aviastar aircraft maker said on Friday.


The Il-476 is an extensively modified variant of the Il-76 freighter, with new engines, reinforced wing, modernized cockpit, and heavier payload. The aircraft will be primarily built for the Russian Armed Forces and Emergencies Ministry.


“Project 476 is our future,” Aviastar General Director Sergei Dementyev said.


Aviastar, which also manufactures super-heavy Antonov An-124 transport planes, expects to build up to ten of the Il-476 aircraft per year and is in talks with export customers including India and China as well as commercial customers.


China canceled a contract agreed earlier with Russia for delivery of around 38 Il-76 transport and Il-78 tanker aircraft, after TAPO, the Uzbekistan-based Il-76 airframe producer said it could no longer deliver the airframes as production had slowed.


Russia then had to move production to Aviastar in order to complete the Il-476 modification programs for the Russian Air Force.


The Russian Defense Ministry wants to buy up to 100 of the aircraft over ten years to replace existing Il-76s.

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