4 x 4,250 shp. ea.
129 ft. 11 in.
122 ft. 9 in.
The Ilyushin Il-38 is used by Russia for maritime patrol, primarily anti-submarine warfare. It was developed in the late 1950's from a Soviet passenger aircraft design. About 35 Il-38 aircraft are still being operated by the Russian Navy, primarily as a deterrent to submarines operated by the United States and its allies.
Through the years the Ilyushin Il-38 has continued to receive upgrades to its wiring, engines, airframe, weapons systems, and avionics.
Five Ilyushin Il-38 aircraft were exported to India. In addition to mines, torpedoes, bombs, and depth charges, they are equipped with air to surface anti shipping missiles.
All remaining Russian Ilyushin Il-38 aircraft have received the latest systems upgrades. The upgrade packages are produced by Novella under the name "Sea Dragon". Included are a turret containing night vision TV and Forward Looking Infrared systems. Additional Infrared systems sense changes in the sea temperature to better track the heat signatures of submarines. Electronic Support Measures and upgraded high-resolution radar subsystems, as well as enhanced magnetic anomalies sensors are included in the updates.
Electronics Intelligence gathering is enhanced with the ability to monitor more frequencies and more comprehensively interpret the data received, comparing newly acquired data to known threats. Individual computer systems are linked to all sensors.
New computing systems allow simultaneous multiple target tracking of up to 32 threats. Enhanced LCD displays have been installed for the pilot, co-pilot, and navigator.
About 176 Il-38 aircraft of all types were manufactured.