Russia is going ahead with purchasing military special mission versions of the Ilyushin IL-114 turboprop airliner, sources inside the Ministry of Defence in Moscow confirmed.
At least a dozen aircraft are planned to be produced as patrol aircraft for both the Russian Air Force and the Russian Border Troops, with production planned at the Aviacor Aviation Plant.
The IL-114 was not very successful as an airliner. Between the first flight in 1990 and when production ended in 2012 only 20 aircraft were built, with six of them operated by Uzbekistan Airlines – which also has one aircraft stored. Two aircraft have crashed during their short life span.
Restarting the production will see newer engines and electronics installed in the plane with the preliminary model designation IL-114-200. When Aviacor commences with the manufacturing is not known yet.
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Featured image: Already back in 2009 Ilyushin was attempting to market the IL-114 as a special mission aircraft (Image © Dmitry Terekhov)