This is the first image of a North Korean militarized, camouflaged Il-76 cargo plane

Aug 14 2013 - 2 Comments

It looks like some of North Korea‘s Il-76 cargo planes have been militarized and given an interesting camouflaged color scheme.

The image showing the Il-76TD the military camo (the first and, probably, only so far), whose source is unclear, was posted on El Hangar de TJ website.

Since Air Koryo operates three of these Soviet-made aircraft to carry cargo in China and Russia (provided all the examples ordered at the beginning of the 1990s are still serviceable), it is safe to believe the one depicted in the photograph is a civilian one belonging to the state-owned national flag carrier airline of North Korea.

IL-76 North Korea CAMO

Image credit: via El Hangar de TJ

During the recent flying parade over Pyongyang on Jul. 27, some Hughes 500E helicopters, armed with AT-3 Sagger missiles, emerged after 30 years in the dark.

These choppers were intended to infiltrate North Korean special forces into the South in case of war.

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  • Nobione

    Looks like the camouflage was painted by a 12 year old……

    • David Schwartz

      No better/worse than many camouflage schemes over the years.