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New stage of trials for Russian Ilyushin A-100 AWACS


A new Russian prospective A-100 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft made its first flight going trough a new stage of previous test flights, the Russian Defense Ministry told reporters on the 9th of February.


New stage of trials for the A 100 AWACS A-100 (Picture source: TASS)


"The latest A-100 multifunctional Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft embarked on a program of prior test flights and made a maiden flight," the ministry said.

The A-100 a modified variant of the Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A strategic airlifter. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the aircraft is equipped with a digital navigation system and digital control system in the "glass" cockpit, along with a new two-band locator with phased antenna array manufactured by the Vega Radio Engineering Corporation. "The A-100 multifunctional Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft has been developed due to the emergence of new target classes and the creation of new-generation multirole fighter aviation. Its capabilities considerably exceed both domestic and foreign analogues, including the AWACS E-3 of the US Air Force," the ministry said.

The A-100 first took off on November 18, 2017 to test aerodynamic characteristics, avionics and aerial target equipment.


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