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Russia Completes Modernization of Indian Navy's Il-38 Fleet

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According to Ilyushin general designer and deputy general director, Russia has completed the upgrade of all of India's Ilyushin Il-38 anti-submarine aircraft to SD standard.

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ZHUKOVSKY (Sputnik) Russia has completed the upgrade of all of India's Ilyushin Il-38 anti-submarine aircraft to SD standard, Nikolay Talikov, Ilyushin general designer and deputy general director, said Wednesday.

"We have completed this work, all five of the Indian Navy's aircraft have been modernized to SD standard," Talikov said at the MAKS-2015 International Aviation and Space Salon.

The Ilyushin Il-38N, referred to as the Il-38SD in India, is an improved version of the Il-38 aircraft (NATO reporting name May), equipped with a modern Sea Dragon anti-submarine navigation system, including high-resolution radar, display and thermal imaging subsystems.

According to Talikov, Russia and India are currently in discussions for modernizing the Ilyushin Il-76 (Candid) multi-purpose strategic airlifters and the Ilyushin Il-78 (Midas) aerial-refueling tanker fleet. The two countries are considering a sale of the new Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A transport aircraft, he added.

MAKS-2015 opened on Tuesday in the Russian city of Zhukovsky. More than over 400,000 visitors are expected during the course of the six-day event. About 760 companies from 35 countries are expected to participate in the air and space show.

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