The Ulyanovsk-based Aviastar-SP aviation facility used to build Antonov An-124 Ruslan heavy-lifters. Now the plant is launching series production of the upgraded Ilyushin Il-76 transport aircraft. General Director Sergey DEMENTYEV told Show Observer about the plant’s current programs and plans for the future.
— How is work progressing to launch series production of the Il-76MD-90A aircraft? What is the planned annual production rate?
— The Russian government in 2006 decided to move Il-76 production from Tashkent to Ulyanovsk. Aviastar-SP therefore launched a massive retooling and retraining program to prepare for series production of these aircraft with the use of advanced digital technology. In these past six years, the facility has reached a totally new level of production efficiency, both in term of our technological capacity and personnel qualification.