Russian Pacific Fleet to Receive Upgraded IL-38
The Pacific Fleet’s naval aviation will receive the upgraded IL-38 antisubmarine aircraft for the first time. This was reported by Captain First Rank Roman Martov, a spokesman for the Eastern Military District in the city of Vladivostok.
“At the beginning of 2015, the Pacific Fleet’s naval aviation will take delivery of the new and upgraded equipment. In January 2015, the antisubmarine forces will receive two modernized IL-38 aircraft and new AN-140 aircraft,” Mr. Martov stated.
The spokesman didn’t specify how many planes of these types are available at the moment, but said that the modernized IL-38 antisubmarine aircraft would be supplied to the Pacific Fleet’s naval aviation for the first time.
It should be noted that the IL-38 is a long-range antisubmarine aircraft based on the IL-18 aircraft. The airplane is designed for searching and destroying submarines both independently and in cooperation with other ships, performing search and rescue operations, and setting mine barriers.