Credentials and Demonstrations
United Nations accreditation and performance at Second International
Conference of Civil Defense and Emergency Rescue
September, 1994: Test for US Forest Service in Farnborough,
England (report stipulates potential for designation of the IL-76 as
an "Emergency Supplemental Air Tanker" following further testing).
1995: Joint Arctic Rescue Exercise performed with Hercules'
or C-130 military aircraft from USA and Canada
March, 1995: Australian demo at ASTA-Avalon airport near
Melbourne by Air Show Down Under supported by Australian local
volunteer loading crews.
October, 1995: Australian Fire Authorities Council (as it was
then known) drop testing and foam retardant certification performed
at Ilyushin Flight Research Base, Zhukovsky, Russia.
1998: EMERCOM crew training and accreditation for "Disaster
Preparedness"held jointly with US National Guard, Department of
Defense, and FEMA at National Interagency Counter Drug Institute,
San Luis Obispo, California.
August, 1998: Greece's government asked Russia for assistance
on Greece's worst wildfires in 100 years. Gen. Demetrios
Lavrentakis, head of the Interior Ministry's Civil Protection arm,
said "Wherever there was an emergency situation, (the IL-76
waterbomber) went," he says, "and wherever it went, it was very
Joint Space Mission astronaut/cosmonaut steep dives
weightlessness training aircraft.
February, 1999: EMERCOM search and rescue operations in
Armenia and in Colombia's earthquakes: IL-76 airplane transported
equipment, forty men, and sniffer-dogs.
August 1999: EMERCOM's firefighting IL-76 battles potentially
disasterous fire in post-earthquake zone Izmit, Turkey.
2000: IL-76 airplane facilitated the EMERCOM humanitarian
mission to the floods of Mozambique
January 2001: EMERCOM's the Russian specialists saved 19
people from the ruins af the quake-stricken town of Bhuj.
September 2001: IL-76 aircraft was first to respond (from
Denmark) to Afghanistan relief efforts. EMERCOM will be playing an
ongoing role in Afghan relief operations despite threats of
anti-aircraft fire from the Taliban.
September, 2002: Noginsk, Russia - Il-76 firefighting jets
participate in giant Russia - NATO civil defence exercise. "There
are things here that the United States can learn and I think that we
will learn from our observations," said FEMA Deputy Director Michael
Brown, who attended the exercise as part of a US team of some 30
observers from the Defense Department, the Federal Emergency
Management Agency, and other US government branches.
December, 2004: Asia tsunami relief: EMERCOM and Russian military
Il-76 aircraft, in addition to those of the Indian Air Force and
privately chartered Il-76s play a vital strategic role airlifting
supplies, equipment, and relief workers to disaster zones around the
2005: The day before the levees of New Orleans gave way to the
forces of Hurricane Katrina, the Russian Federation offered
humanitarian aid to the United States. Two (2) EMERCOM IL-76
aircraft landed at a disaster aid staging area at Little Rock,
Arkansas September 8. This marks the first time Russia has flown
such a mission to North America.
Highly successful firefighting missions of record to Bulgaria,
Montenegro, and Serbia together with acceptance of a request by
Greece to supplement existing Russian aviation firefighting with
IL-76 waterbombing where continued disastrous fire conditions