The special aircraft division will acquire two Il -96-300PU (control point) aircraft soon. These vehicles will have a VIP-interior and special communication equipment allowing carrying on confidential negotiations and managing the country’s nuclear forces, Izvestiya reports.
As reported by a source close to the military-industrial sector, the first aircraft (tail number RA-96020) will be delivered to thespecial aircraft division by the end of December 2012, the second one (RA-96021) — in November 2013.
«The first vehicle has already performed a number of flights and completed the flight test program at Gromov Flight Research Institute (Zhukovsky). The second one is under construction at Voronezh Aircraft Manufacturing Company’s site (VASO). The delivery of the second jet is scheduled for November 2013», — the source noted.
Besides special communication and control equipment, these liners are fitted with a laser system for protection against missiles of portable and battlefield air defense systems. This system is able to “blind” the missile’s homing head.
According to the contract with Ilyushin Company, the price of these two jets is 10,39 billion rubles, while the base aircraft of this type costs 1,2–1,5 billion rubles.