In the summer of 2021, two old Russian-made aircraft, rumoured to be operated by or for Russian Paramilitary organizations, first arrived to Bangui M’Poko Airport, the International Airport of the capital of the Central African Republic. In the following months, they would regularly be seen in Bangui, but also on Air Bases in Libya. One of them is Il-18 reg. TL-KBR, which I already identified as former RA-75713 back in March 2022. Until now, nothing was known about the history of the other aircraft, Il-76 reg. TL-KMZ. In this blog post, I will first summarize the story and history of TL-KBR. Next, I will identify the other aircraft, now known as TL-KMZ, and I will show how and when she got to the Central African Republic.
Late readers of this report please note that above mentioned IL-18 seemingly has been destroyed in early 2023: