Russia’s Beriev is preparing a new airborne early warning variant of Ilyushin’s upgraded transport aircraft, the Il-76MD-90A, fitted with the new Vega Premier radar system in a rotating antenna, Rostec reported Wednesday. Russian Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A military cargo plane has completed its maiden flight and will become the platform for a future long-range radar detection and control prototype plane, A-100. Concern Vega a part of the United Instrument Corporation, has developed a radar system for the new plane.
The new aircraft was tested for in-flight controllability and stability, the performance of engines, onboard systems and equipment. The cargo jet has been built at Aviastar-JV and will be transferred to the G.M. Beriev Aviation R&D and Production Complex in Taganrog for fitting out and conversion to prototype of A-100, a future long-range radar detection and control aircraft. This new-generation specialty aircraft will be a replacement for the A-50 currently in service, Rossiiskaya Gazeta reports.
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