Specialists of the Voronezh Aircraft Plant (VASO) and PJSC “IL” intend to use a 3D printer to create the parts for the IL-112V light military transport aircraft. Such technologies will make it possible to significantly shorten the assembly time and reduce the production cost, the Press Service of the Transport Aviation Division of PJSC UAC reported on Monday, July 9.

The specialists have already printed an airscoop mock-up of a complex design on a 3D printer for the first flight sample of IL-112V. Installation of the mock-up on the plane has already begun. So far, the parts printed on the printer are just test samples that will be replaced with metal originals before the first launch. However, the designers plan to master the printing of simple components that will be installed on the serial aircrafts.

- Since the IL-112V is being created from scratch, many parts and components require refinement during the installation on the aircraft. We started using a 3D printer to see how accurate our calculations were. Such technologies allow not to be interrupted for finalization of the end products, which, in turn, significantly shortens the assembly time and reduces the production cost, Pavel Cherenkov, First Deputy General Director of PJSC “IL” explained.

The light military transport aircraft Il-112V is intended for transportation and airborne landing of up to 5 tons of light weapons, military equipment, cargo and personnel. It aims to replace the An-26 aircraft. The developers hope that the IL-112V will compete with the world’s premium carriers.

The context

The development of the Il-112 began in 2003 and was suspended twice. OJSC “Ilyushin Aviation Complex” signed a contract with the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation for the development of the Il-112V military transport aircraft in December 2014. The aircraft plant began manufacturing the first parts in January 2016.

VASO has invested more than 1.3 billion rubles in the modernization of its workshops for the assembly of IL-112V. The aircraft is being created using only domestic components. In the future, VASO plans to produce up to 24 aircrafts per year. The test article will take to the air until the end of 2018. Serial production of the IL-112 in Voronezh starts after 2020.