The new Russian AWACS starts test flights
- February 11, 2019
A-100 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft made its first flight.
“The latest A-100 multifunctional Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft embarked on a program of prior test flights and made a maiden flight,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.
The A-100 a modified variant of the IL-76MD-90A (Ilyushin) strategic airlifter. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the aircraft is equipped with a digital navigation system and digital control system in the “glass” cockpit, along with a new two-band locator with phased antenna array manufactured by the Vega Radio Engineering Corporation.