Russia’s Beriev A-100 AEW&C Aircraft Makes First Flight as Part of Preliminary Flight Testing

Russia’s Beriev A-100 airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft made the first flight as part of the preliminary flight test program, the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) announced.

Based on Il-76MD-90A, A100 has been developed due to emersion of new classes of targets and the creation of next generation fighters, the UAC added.

Beriev A-100

Beriev A-100 is a Russian-built airborne early warning and control (AWACS) aircraft based on the Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A (also known as project Il-476 during the design stage) strategic military transport aircraft.

This aircraft is developed to replace the Beriev A-50 in Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) service.

The external shape of the A-100 is similar to the A-50, with the main radar array housed in a rotating dome mounted on two struts above the fuselage. The aircraft is equipped with new PS-90A-76 turbofan engines that are 15% more powerful than the D-30KP engines used by the Il-76 (Beriev A-50).

Avionics and configuration will be similar to the A-50U, but with a new Vega Premier Active Phased Array Radar. The new AESA radar in the dome will have electronic steering in elevation while azimuth is controlled by the rotation of the dome. The array will rotate once every 5 seconds, thus improving the radar’s ability to track fast moving targets. The radar can detect aerial targets more than 370 miles away and warships nearly 250 miles away.

The maiden flight of the first prototype Beriev A-100 was conducted at the G.M. Beriev Aviation R&D and Production Complex in Taganrog in Rostov Oblast on Nov. 18, 2017. The mass production of the aircraft is scheduled from 2020.

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