Russia may develop light AWACS aircraft

      The Russian Defense Ministry is planning to develop a light airborne early warning and control (AWACS/AEW&C) aircraft, reported Sputnik quoting Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov.

      “I think that we will raise the issue of creating such an aircraft system, possibly based on a light transport aircraft, before the industry. At least, there are analogues of such an aircraft in the world,” the deputy minister has said.

      Borisov has said this on Friday on his visit to the Beriev Aircraft Company which manufactures the Beriev A-100 advanced AWACS aircraft. Russia will start testing the A-100 airborne early warning and control plane in July.

      Russian Air Force currently operates 22 А-50М and 4 A-50U aircraft.

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