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Russian Next-generation A-100 AWACS Makes Its First Flight With Working Radar from Taganrog Airfield

February 10, 2022: the first prototype of the newest Russian airborne early warning and control aircraft Beriev A-100 performed its first flight with radar equipment turned on. Ongoing tests from the airfield in Taganrog (TANTK complex) have confirmed the normal operation of special equipments and systems on board.

beriev_be-100 During the flight aerodynamic characteristics, performance of avionics and flight communication equipment's special-purpose devices were checked. All systems functioned according to preset parameters and are ready for further testing.

"Everything has worked fine. All systems and equipments have been operating correctly. The crew has fully completed the flight assignment. Ilyushin IL-76MD-90A's platform (airframe) has reconfirmed the performance objectives", commented distinguished test pilot Sergey Parkhaev.

beriev_be-100_flight2 Beriev A-100, sometimes dubbed "Premier" is a joint project developed by Beriev Aircraft Corp. in cooperation with Aviastar-SP (providing a modernized version of IL-76 Candid) and military electronics manufacturer VEGA (producer of the Premier mission system). It tracks both air and other targets, and may participate in directing planes to air, ground and sea targets.

A-100 is to replace Russian Air Force's existing A-50 radar planes. Preliminary flight tests are to be completed by the end of 2022 to be followed by Russian state acceptance trials.