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Russia to supply India with Beriev A-50 AEW aircraft

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World Aviation Industry News - Russia & India
 
 
Russia to supply India with Beriev A-50 AEW aircraft
 
Russia and India plan on signing a contract to supply India with A-50 airborne early warning and control aircraft, Beriev Aircraft Company General Director-General Designer Igor Garivadsky told journalists Tuesday, 26 August.
     
Russia and India plan on signing a contract to supply India with A-50 airborne early warning and control aircraft, Beriev Aircraft Company General Director-General Designer Igor Garivadsky told journalists Tuesday, 26 August.
Indian Air Force's Beriev A-50E/I
     

“We plan on signing a deal with the Republic of India to deliver the A-50 aircraft,” Garivadsky said.

The A-50 aircraft are intended to detect, track and determine the origin of air and surface targets, as well as conduct surveillance, command, control and communications functions for command posts of automatic control systems, and give guidance in hitting air and surface targets.

The planes have a maximum take-off weight of 190,000 kilograms (419,000 lbs) and can fly for four hours straight without refueling, carrying up to five flight crew members.

The A-50 entered service with the Russian Air Force in 1984. Currently, 16 aircraft are operational in the Russian Air Force. In November 2011, the new version A-50U entered in service in the Russian Air Force. To protect the aircraft during flights en-route and over patrol zones, it is provided with a self-defense system.