It has been reported that the Russian government will purchase 14 Ilyushin Il-96s over the next 10 years to ensure the continued production of the aircraft. The ministry of defense will take 11 of the aircraft which will include conversions into command and control or aerial refueling aircraft. Three or four will be rebuilds of used Il-96-400T freighters, and the rest will be new production. The Russian defense ministry awarded United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) a contract for two Il-96-400TZ aircraft – aerial refueling aircraft. VASO general manager Sergei Urasov confirmed that two Il-96-400s will be placed with the for the
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