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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Russian Navy Eyes Il-114 as Future MPA

 Il-114 testbedThe Russian naval air arm has accepted a fifth upgraded Ilyushin Il-38N maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) and ordered some more conversions. But service chief Maj. Gen. Igor Kozhin said that the navy is also looking for “a modern and suitable universal platform” to replace the aging Il-20/Il-38 fleet.

A selection will be made in 2015-16, he continued. A version of the Il-114 twin-turboprop airliner now seems the most likely candidate. The Il-38N upgrade features the Novella-P38 maritime mission set from Leninets.

It is able to detect aerial targets at a distance of 90 km (50 nm) and track seagoing targets within a 320 km (170 nm) radius. An export version of this system named Sea Dragon can be found on the Il-38SDs of the Indian navy. The aircraft can carry a nine-tonne (19,800-pound) payload including torpedoes, missiles and guided bombs. The Il-38N program has cost 3.45 billion roubles to date.

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