Ilyushin Il-38

Ilyushin Il-38

infobox Aircraft
name = Il-38
type = Anti-submarine patrol
manufacturer = Ilyushin

caption =
designer =
first flight = 1967
introduction =
retired =
status =
primary user = Soviet Naval Aviation
more users = Russian Naval Aviation Indian Navy
produced =
number built = 176
unit cost =
developed from = Ilyushin Il-18
variants with their own articles =

The Ilyushin Il-38 (NATO reporting name: "May") is a maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare aircraft. The Il-38 developed from the Ilyushin Il-18 turboprop transport.

Design and development

llyushin's Il-18 turboprop airliner played a significant role in developing the USSR's air services in the 1960s and 1970s, and has also been adopted for a variety of military roles, ranging from transport to command post, Elint and maritime patrol.

The most well known military adaptation of the Il-18 is the maritime patrol/ASW Il-38 "May". The Il-38 is believed to have flown for the first time in 1967 and about three dozen serve with Russian naval aviation, while five were delivered to India in 1975. Details of the Il-38 are limited, but the airframe is stretched by 4m (1 3ft) over the Il-18 and the wings are moved forward. The tail contains a MAD, while under the forward fuselage a search radar (named 'Wet Eye' by NATO) is housed in a bulged radome. There are two internal weapons bays, one forward and one rear of the wing."

The Il-38s of the Indian Navy have been sent back to Russia for upgrades. They will incorporate the new Sea Dragon avionic suite. Three aircraft have been delivered to the Indian Navy. The new version is designated Il-38 SD.

There are reports of efforts towards adding the capability to fire the Indo-Russian Brahmos cruise missile from this aircraft. Mockups have been displayed with air-launched Brahmos attached to underwing pylons on the Indian Navy aircraft.


* Indian Navy;RUS
* Russian Naval Aviation;USSR
* Soviet Naval Aviation

pecifications (Il-38)

aircraft specifications
plane or copter?= plane
jet or prop?= prop
length main= 39.60 m
length alt= 129 ft 11 in
span main= 37.42 m
span alt= 122 ft 9 in
height main= 10.16 m
height alt= 33 ft 4 in
area main= 140 m²
area alt= 1,506 ft²
empty weight main= 33,700 kg
empty weight alt= 74,140 lb
loaded weight main=
loaded weight alt=
useful load main=
useful load alt=
max takeoff weight main= 63,500 kg
max takeoff weight alt= 139,700 lb
more general=

engine (prop)=Progress AI-20M
type of prop= turboprops
number of props= 4
power main= 3,170 kW
power alt= 4,250 hp
power original=

max speed main= 650 km/h
max speed alt= 353 knots, 406 mph
cruise speed main=
cruise speed alt=
never exceed speed main=
never exceed speed alt=
stall speed main=
stall speed alt=
range main= 9,500 km
range alt= 5,130 nm, 5,937 mi
ceiling main= 10,000 m
ceiling alt= 32,800 ft
climb rate main= 320 m/min
climb rate alt= 1,050 ft/min
loading main=
loading alt=
power/mass main=
power/mass alt=
more performance=
* 5,000 kg (11,000 lb) of disposable stores, including depth-charges, mines, torpedoes and bombs.


ee also

* Ilyushin Il-18

similar aircraft=
* P-3 Orion

* Il-28 - Il-30 - Il-32 - Il-38 - Il-40 - Il-42 - Il-46


see also=

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