Russian Military to Purchase New IL-96-400TZ Tankers
The Russian Defence Ministry plans to purchase two new IL-96 tanker aircraft. This was reported by the press service of the Russian Defence Ministry.
“The Defence Ministry of the Russian Federation has signed a contract with JSC United Aircraft Corporation to build IL-96-400TZ tanker aircraft. In accordance with the terms of the contract, two new IL-96-400TZ tanker aircraft will be built and transferred to the Armed Forces,” the press service stated.
According to the information available, the IL-96-400TZ aircraft would be able to transfer more than 65 tons of fuel at ranges of up to 3,500 km. The new aircraft will be fitted with the same UPAZ-1 standardized suspended refueling units as the IL-78/78M tankers.