Ilyushin Il-76

The Ilyushin IL-76 (NATO reporting name: ‘Candid’) is a large four-engine jet military transport designed by Ilyushin Design Bureau in the early 1970s. The PLAAF acquired 14 examples of the Il-76MD ‘Candid-B’ variant in 1990, which has remained the only strategic airlifter in its service until the introduction of the indigenous Xi’an Y-20. Additional examples of remanufactured airframes have been ordered as a stop-gap.

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