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    Ilyushin Aviation Complex Chief Designer Nikolai Talikov said that the IL-78M-90A, new Russian plane, will be released and commence flight tests this year.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Flight tests of the latest Russian-made refueling tanker aircraft, the IL-78M-90A, will begin this year, Ilyushin Aviation Complex Chief Designer Nikolai Talikov said Thursday.

    "The plane will be released and commence flight tests this year," Talikov said.

    Currently, the Il-78M-90A is being constructed in the Russian city of Ulyanovsk. The aircraft will be a first Russian-made refueling tanker, Talikov added. Previously, the IL-78 series of planes were built in Uzbekistan.

    Ilyushin is a part of Russia's United Aircraft Corporation. Ilyushin specializes in manufacturing passenger, military and civil transport aircraft as well as special-purpose aircraft.

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