Russia to develop new AWACS plane

August 9th, 2011 - 7:06 pm ICT by IANS  

Moscow, Aug 9 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia hopes to develop a new airborne warning and control system (AWACS) plane by 2016, Air Force chief Col. Gen. Alexander Zelin said Tuesday.

“We are expecting to receive the A-100 aircraft built on the basis of the Il-476 transport plane with the PS-90 engine and extended flight range,” Zelin told reporters in Moscow.

The new AWACS plane will be capable of detecting and tracking airborne and land-based targets.

The Russian Air Force has around 20 A-50 Mainstay AWACS planes based on the Ilyushin Il-76 transport aircraft.

The A-50 is equipped with the large Liana surveillance radar with its antenna in an over-fuselage rotodome and can control up to 10 fighter aircraft for either air-to-air intercept or air-to-ground attack missions.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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