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Scale-model of Russia's future A-100 AWACS aircraft spotted at Army 2016 exhibition

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Scale-model of Russia's future A-100 AWACS aircraft spotted at Army 2016 exhibition
 
Pictures of what could be the future A-100 "Premier" AWACS aircraft have been released on the specialized russian website Missiles2Go.ru. A scale-model of the aircraft has been unveiled by the Russian aircraft manufacturer Beriev during Army 2016 exhibition, being held this week in the Moscow region.
     
Scale model of Russia s future A 100 AWACS aircraft spotted at Army 2016 exhibition 640 002Pictures of what could be a scale model of Russia's future A-100 Premier AWACS appeared this week
(Credit: Missiles.ru)
     
The A-100 flying testbed’s first sortie is slated for March next year, a Russian Defense Ministry official close to the subject recently told journalists. The efforts are aimed at testing and adjusting the Premier’s radar equipment on board the A-100LL and transferring it to the Il-476 then. If all goes to plan, the original A-100 will take off the ground in 2018.

UIC, which subsidiary the Premier’s prime contractor, Vega Corp., is, has said that the work on the advanced plane is in full swing, but declined to specify the deadline, citing the complexity of the program handled by several dozen firms.

The A-100 is a multifunction airborne intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR), warning and control system. Essentially, it is an airborne headquarters using automated control systems to control friendly aircraft and air defense systems, designate targets for them and protect itself and nearby friendly planes by means of electronic countermeasures. The exact characteristics of the aircraft remain classified, but it is supposed to acquire enemy fighters at a range of more than 600 km and enemy ships at 400 km.

The delivery date of the A-100, which development commenced as far back as the early 2000s, has slipped behind schedule several times to date. Initially, the maiden flight was to take place in 2015, then it slipped to 2016 and - once the Il-76MD-90A had been selected as the carrier - it was postponed in 2011 for 2017.

The unique radar equipment, which flight tests will be carried out by the A-100LL, comprises a multiposition radar with two phased arrays as well as electronic intelligence and electronic warfare systems.

The A-100 is a rather classified program, but presumably, its radar relies on a unique technology, with the antenna array comprising small solid-state microwave elements and each element being dual-hatted as transmitter and receiver, expert Alexei Leonkov says. The solution both extends aerial and surface target acquisition range and boosts positioning accuracy by several times. Simply put, present-generation Russian and US AEW&C planes gauge a target’s coordinates using only the X and Y axes and calculating the target’s flight altitude - the Z axis - mathematically. The A-100 will measure the target’s coordinates by means of the three axes at once and, therefore, interceptors and air defense systems will not have to gauge the target’s coordinates in a more accurate manner - just launch their missiles.

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Scale model of Russia s future A 100 AWACS aircraft spotted at Army 2016 exhibition 640 001Another view of A-100 Premier AWACS aircraft scale model
(Credit: Missiles.ru)
 

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