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Ilyushin IL-214 MTA (Multirole Transport Aircraft)

Medium-Lift Tactical Military Transport / Freighter

Ilyushin IL-214 MTA (Multirole Transport Aircraft)

Medium-Lift Tactical Military Transport / Freighter


The Ilyushin IL-214 MTA is an ongoing heavy transport aircraft program being developed jointly by UAC of Russia and HAL of India.
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ORIGIN: Russia
YEAR: 2016
STATUS: Cancelled
MANUFACTURER(S): Multirole Transport Aircraft Ltd / Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd - India; United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) / Ilyushin / Irkut - Russia
OPERATORS: India (probable); Russia (probable)

Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Ilyushin IL-214 MTA (Multirole Transport Aircraft) model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
LENGTH: 123.69 feet (37.7 meters)
WIDTH: 116.47 feet (35.5 meters)
HEIGHT: 42.49 feet (12.95 meters)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 149,914 pounds (68,000 kilograms)
ENGINE: 2 x Aviadvigatel PD-14M turbofan enginesdeveloping 34,392 lb of thrust each.
SPEED (MAX): 541 miles-per-hour (870 kilometers-per-hour; 470 knots)
RANGE: 2,019 miles (3,250 kilometers; 1,755 nautical miles)
CEILING: 42,979 feet (13,100 meters; 8.14 miles)


None. Cargo hold reserved for up to 140 personnel/90 paratroopers as well as cargo pallets, military vehicles, medical litters (with staff) or mixed cargo arrangement.

Series Model Variants
• IL-214 - Base Series Designation
• Multirole Transport Aircraft (MTA) - Project Name


Detailing the development and operational history of the Ilyushin IL-214 MTA (Multirole Transport Aircraft) Medium-Lift Tactical Military Transport / Freighter.  Entry last updated on 6/21/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©
As with China and Turkey, India is striving to join the ranks of prominent world powers by becoming a recognized exporter of indigenously designed military goods for budget-conscious shoppers throughout Asia and elsewhere. India certainly can provide the manpower and will to make itself a 1st tier power though it suffers from technological and engineering experience limitations in certain areas - forced to rely on outside help to see more complex projects through. Currently, the Indian industrial-complex is developing an array of small arms, armored vehicles, warships, submarines, and aircraft all its own - including the highly-touted, still- in-development HAL "Tejas" multirole fighter. To help bring along a new medium-lift tactical transport, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) of India has partnered with the Russian concern of United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) which has, under its umbrella, defense industry names like Ilyushin and Irkut at its service.

The aircraft in question is currently designated as "IL-214" and known by the rather appropriate project name of "Multirole Transport Aircraft" (MTA). Multirole Transport Aircraft Ltd was arranged as the joint venture company to handle the new system. A scale model of the MTA was displayed at Aero India 2009.

Externally, the IL-214 showcases common design themes seen in other medium-lift, jet-powered airlifters - its wing mainplanes are swept back and set high on the fuselage (while featuring underslung engine nacelles), the flight deck is aft of a short nosecone for excellent viewing out-of-the-cockpit, and a raised empennage section allows for the needed access to the rear cargo hold ramp. The tail unit displays a "T-style" arrangement to keep the horizontal planes clear of the jet exhaust and the undercarriage will rely on a multi-bogie wheeled approach under center mass with a double-wheeled leg held under the nose. An in-flight refueling probe is visible over the cockpit roof for nearly unlimited operational ranges.

Internally, the IL-214 is expected to have a cargo capacity equal to that of the Soviet-era Ilyushin IL-76MD transport model. Volume will be enough to carry up to 140 combat personnel and will serve up to 90 fully-equipped paratroopers. The aircraft will also be able to conduct MEDAVAC sorties and haul patient litters and staff as well as applicable mission equipment. Cargo pallets will also be supported as will whole military vehicles such as HUMVEE-sized 4x4 wheeled types. Beyond this the aircraft will be given a capability to air-drop goods as required. Beyond its obvious military applications the IL-214 will also be marketed as a civilian freighter.

Low and high altitude performance will be key considerations in the IL-214 design and its engines are slated to be 2 x Aviadvigatel PD-14M turbofans outputting 34,392 lb of thrust each. The aircraft is intended for all-weather operation and, coupled to a rugged fuselage, will be made capable of performing take-offs and landings from both prepared and unprepared runways providing something of a tactical advantage in any warzone.

At this point, HAL of India is slated to manufacture the frontal section of the fuselage and the wing mainplanes and it will also lend a hand in development of the avionics fit. Russian company Irkut will provide the remaining sections of the fuselage. Development is a joint venture between HAL and UAC. The Russian Air Force is planning on procuring some 100 of the type while the Indian Air Force (IAF) is scheduled to take delivery of 105 units and offer at least sixty of these for export. The IAF will use the IL-214 to replace its aging stock of Antonov An-32 haulers.

Current specifications include a length of 37.7 meters with a wingspan of 35.5 meters and a height of 12.95 meters. Payload capacity is in the 44,000 lb range with a Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) listed at 150,000 lb. Performance estimates include a maximum speed of 540 miles per hour, a cruise speed of 505 miles per hour, a range of 4,535 miles, and a service ceiling reaching 43,000 feet.

Originally, the program expected to see a first flight during 2014 but this did not prove realistic for the slowly-evolving product. As such, a first flight is now targeted for sometime in 2017 with service entry expected during 2018 or shortly thereafter.


June 2016 - It was revealed that HAL of India will no longer be involved in the development or production of the planned MTA. Instead, Ilyushin (United Aircraft Corporation) will go it alone and develop the IL-276 SVTS in its place.

General Assessment (BETA)

Values are derrived from a variety of categories related to the design, overall function, and historical influence of this aircraft in aviation history.
MF Power Rating (BETA)
The MF Power Rating takes into account over sixty individual factors related to this aircraft entry. The rating is out of 100 total possible points.
Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 750mph
Lo: 375mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (541mph).

    Graph average of 562.5 miles-per-hour.
City-to-City Ranges
Graph showcases the Ilyushin IL-214 MTA (Multirole Transport Aircraft)'s operational range (on internal fuel) when compared to distances between major cities.
Aviation Era
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units

  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.

Altitude Visualization
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Supported Roles
Ground Attack
Aerial Tanker
A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue
Commitments / Honors
Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for pioneering aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon representing modern aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur War
Military lapel ribbon for experimental x-plane aircraft
* Ribbons not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective campaigns/operations.