Il-76MD aka the "GajRaj" forms an important part of strategic/heavy transport fleet for Indian Air Force.
The Indian Government first approved the induction of IL 76 MD aircraft in March 1983. The IAF ordered a total of Seventeen aircraft during the period December 1983 to 1988. The cost of the aircraft ranged from Rs 35.35 crores for the the 1983 order to Rs.43.50 crores for the last examples contracted in 1988.
Deliveries to the IAF began in 1985 and they were used in the Maldives in 1987 and in Sri Lanka during 1987-1990 to great effect. The aircraft also flew pioneering missions like airlifting Bofors Howitzers to Thoise and T-72 tanks to Jaffna and Ladakh.
In 1990, two IL-76MDs were modified and their objective was to test the system's effectiveness to divert fire power of heat seeking air/surface-to-air missiles, shoulder-fired guns, and also jamming of radar by dispensing chaff around the aircraft. Today this equipment is standard on the Illyushins.
The Il-76M was followed by the "Il-76MD", the suffix meaning "military long range"; aside from the tail turret, it was generally similar to the Il-76TD, with the uprated D-30KP-2 turbofans. The Il-76MD had provisions for fitting defensive chaff-flare dispensers to the rear fuselage. Two stores pylons could be fitted to each outer wing, for a total of four pylons, each of which could handle a 500 kilogram (1,100 pound) load. The pylons were rarely attached; it was troublesome to fit them, since they were heavy and had to be held up by ground crewmen standing on ladders. Il-76 crews occasionally performed practice drops of leaflet canisters, but that's about as much use as was ever made of the pylons.
Demilitarized Il-76M/MDs, with the tail guns and other combat-related gear yanked, sometimes ended up in commercial service. Oddly, some Il-76T/TDs were observed with markings identifying them as Il-76M/MDs despite the lack of a tail turret, while some Il-76M/MDs were observed similarly marked as Il-76T/TDs despite being fitted with the tail turret. These machines are sometimes referred to as "Falsies". #ProjectShaurya #indianarmy #indianairforce #indian #army #armymotivation #india #defence #minerva #min