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Russian A-100 aircraft to complete tests in 2022

First flight begins with radar equipment activated

Flight tests of the Russian AEW&C (Airborne Early Warning and Control System) Beriev A-100 control and surveillance aircraft will be completed in 2022. In the meantime, the first flight of the aircraft with its radar and other mission equipment activated has been carried out in recent days. 

The A-100 "Premier" air system was developed on the basis of the Ilyushin Il-76 MD-90A aircraft. It is equipped with Russian-made Aviadvigatel PS-90 engines. It is equipped with an Active Electronically Scanned Array radar (Aesa) installed above the fuselage and developed by Vega Group. The aircraft is capable of detecting and tracking air and other targets and participating in the command and control of fighter and attack aircraft, directing them to targets in the air, on the ground or at sea. 

"An important stage of the trials of the A-100, an aircraft platform that integrates the most advanced solutions, has begun. Throughout 2022 we are planning to complete the cycle of preliminary flight trials and hand over the aircraft platform for State joint trials", said the chief designer of the Russian company Vega, Vladimir Verba, a subsidiary of the State-owned technology company Rostec. 

"Everything has worked fine. All systems and equipments have been operating correctly. The crew has fully completed the flight assignment", explained test pilot Sergey Parkhaev in relation to the latest flight test.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency
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