Russia’s Ilyushin Il-112V light military transport has resumed flight testing after the first prototype took to the air again from the VASO Aviation Plant airfield in Voronezh on March 30.
The aircraft – serial RF-41400 ’01 Yellow’ – was flown by a crew consisting of Ilyushin Chief Pilot, 1st Class Test Pilot, Hero of Russia Nikolai Kuimov, 1st Class Test Pilot Dmitry Komarov and 1st Class Test Flight Engineer Nikolai Khludeev. During the flight, the operating modes of the engines, the stability and controllability of the aircraft and the operation of its main systems were checked. The flight lasted about 30 minutes and did not encounter any problems. According to the crew, the flight mission was successfully completed.
This first of two planned prototypes – built under contract for the Russian Ministry of Defence – was rolled out at Voronezh on November 27, 2018. It then made its maiden flight from there on March 30, 2019. After its first flight, the prototype was grounded while a series of weight-reduction modifications were undertaken.
Although it had been planned to re-fly the aircraft in April 2020, necessary runway repairs at Voronezh left an aircraft stranded and this had to be delayed. With runway work now complete, the aircraft has been able to take to the air again to continue with its flight test programme. Both prototypes are due for hand-over to the Russian Ministry of Defence by the end of 2021 for State testing.