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Russia performed flight tests on Il-76 MD transport aircraft in "bomber" variant

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Russia performed flight tests of Il-76MD strategic transport aircraft in "bomber" variant
 
The Russian Air Force (Voyenno-Vozdushnye Sily: VVS) has performed bomb-carrying trials with its Ilyushin Il-76 ‘Candid’ strategic transport aircraft, the company announced on 30 January. In the exercise, which took place in the Tver region of the country north of Moscow, an Il-76MD was fitted with P-50T practice bombs on four underwing hardpoints.
     
The Russian Air Force (Voyenno-Vozdushnye Sily: VVS) has performed bomb-carrying trials with its Ilyushin Il-76 ‘Candid’ strategic transport aircraft, the company announced on 30 January. In the exercise, which took place in the Tver region of the country north of Moscow, an Il-76MD was fitted with P-50T practice bombs on four underwing hardpoints. Russia's Ilyushin Il-76MD strategic transport aircraft carrying P-50T practice bombs
     

According to Ilyushin, the modification is geared at enabling the aircraft to operate on unprepared and unfamiliar airfields behind enemy lines. The crews will first visually inspect the airfield using flares, before dropping bombs ahead of landing with troops on board. “Bombing is performed at a speed of 500 km / h at altitudes of 500 to 1,000 m (1,650 ft to 3,280 ft),” a company statement said.

     
The Russian Air Force (Voyenno-Vozdushnye Sily: VVS) has performed bomb-carrying trials with its Ilyushin Il-76 ‘Candid’ strategic transport aircraft, the company announced on 30 January. In the exercise, which took place in the Tver region of the country north of Moscow, an Il-76MD was fitted with P-50T practice bombs on four underwing hardpoints. A P-50T practice bomb fitted on one of the four underwing hardpoints of the Il-76 MD
     
The Russian Military Transport Aviation Command will train “more than 10 teams” in the capability, stationed in the Tver, Orenburg, Pskov, and Taganrog regions of Russia, Ilyushin noted.

The Il-76MD (Candid-B) strategic military transport aircraft is a military version of the civil II-76TD (Candid-A) with upgraded D-30KP-2 turbofans to maintain performance at higher ambient temperatures, increased fuel capacity and a strengthened wing.