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Il-78 (Midas)

 

Russian aerial refueling aircraft Il-78

 

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Il-78

 

     The Il-78 (Midas – NATO code) is a Russian aerial refueling aircraft. It was developed in the Soviet Union during the 80’s by Ilyushin. The first flight took place 26 June 1983. The Il-78 entered service in 1985.

     The Il-78 based on the transport aircraft Ilyushin Il-76MD (Candid-B – NATO code).

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Variants :

Il-78M – entered service in 1987
Il-78MKI – Indian Air Force
Il-78MP – Pakistan Air Force
Il-78M-90A (Il-478) – based on the Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A. In development.

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Users :

Russia
Ukraine
India
Pakistan
Algeria
Libya
China
USA – Private companys

 

 

Refuelling Capability Il-78

Distance 1000 km : 65 t
Distance 2500 km : 36 t

Refuelling Capability Il-78M

Distance 1800 km : 65 t
Distance 4000 km : 35 t

 

Specifications :

Crew : 6
Powerplant : 4 x PRDD D-30KP
Thrust : 4 x 118 kN
Maximum speed : 830 km/h
Cruise speed : 750 km/h
Service ceiling : 11 200 m
Refueling ceiling : 2 000 à 9 000 m
Range : 4 000 km

Empty weight : 72 000 kg
Maximum takeoff weight Il-78 : 190 000 kg (Il-78M : 210 000 kg)

Length : 46.54 m
Wingspan : 50.50 m
Height : 14.76 m

 

 

Il-78M Tu-95 002

Il-78M

 

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Il-78M. Photo Credit : Nikolay Pominov

 

Il-78M Midas 004

Il-78M

 

Il-78M Tu-160 005 x1800

Il-78M

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