Russia to Premiere Heavy Transport Aircraft Il-76MD-90A(E) at Dubai Air Show

Dubai Air Show is scheduled from November 13 to 17
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Russia to Premiere Heavy Transport Aircraft Il-76MD-90A(E) at Dubai Air Show
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Russia's Rostec State Corporation will exhibit the heavy transport aircraft Il-76MD-90A(E) for the first time at the upcoming Dubai Air Show, marking Russia's initial presentation of an aircraft of this class abroad since 1994.

The company plans to showcase approximately 200 military, dual-use, and civilian products at the event scheduled from November 13 to 17.

Other premieres include the modernized Ka-32A11M firefighting helicopter and the shortened 5.56-mm Kalashnikov AK-19.

The Il-76MD-90A(E), a profound modernization of the Il-76MD aircraft, features upgraded systems, more powerful engines, a modernized chassis, strengthened and lightened wings, and a "glass" cockpit with multifunctional screens. Additionally, it boasts a defense system, Rostec said in a statement.

The international debut of the Kalashnikov AK-19 assault rifle, designed for the NATO caliber 5.56 mm, adds to the exhibition's allure. The showcase will also include military and civil helicopters, including the Ka-52 combat reconnaissance and attack helicopter, renowned for its unique capabilities in combat maneuvers.

Among the exhibited helicopters is the Mi-171A3, the first specialized domestic helicopter for sea transportation and servicing offshore drilling platforms, accommodating up to 24 people. An ambulance version of the Ansat light helicopter, equipped with a medical module for in-flight first aid and patient stabilization, will also be on display.

Making its debut abroad, the modernized Ka-32A11M firefighting helicopter is equipped with the latest domestic fire extinguishing system SP-32, capable of filling its tank with 4 tons of water in less than a minute. The rotorcraft can also use a water cannon to extinguish fires on skyscrapers' top floors and in conditions of heavy smoke.

Notably, the exhibition will feature the lightweight multi-purpose guided missile Izdeliye 305E, developed by the Mechanical Engineering Design Bureau of the High-Precision Complexes holding, showcasing its effectiveness in hitting various targets from a distance of up to 14.5 kilometers in the Northern Military District zone.

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