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Il-38N Novella

The very modernized Il-38 is primarily to replace the anti-system "Berkut" with "Novella". The new complex is fully digital, has less mass and size, with great opportunities. It includes high-resolution radar, television, thermal imaging subsystem, infrared sensor, radiogidroakusticheskuyu system, a magnetometer and a system of electronic intelligence (the latter is installed on the fuselage at the bow, which changed the appearance of flying). Novell is able to detect air targets at a distance of up to 90 km, the surface - up to 320 km. In doing so, the system is able to simultaneously keep an eye on 32 targets.

The Russian navy made a strong bid for the modernization and upgrading of the IL-38. In 2005 the general director of OAO "Aviation Complex named SV Ilyushin Viktor Livanov, noted that "in the modernization of IL-38N for the Russian Navy aircraft observed a significant backlog of earlier dates." The index "N" stands for "Novella". This electronic system designed to search for submarines, which will equipped the IL-38. As of 2005 only one IL-38 had been modernized with the Novell station. It continued to operate on a program of state trials, which were scheduled to be completed before the end of 2006.

The draft State Program General Armaments of Russia until 2015, provides for the modernization of large parts of the aircraft fleet in equipping aircraft fleet. In 2005 funding was discontinued for programs to create machines Tu-204P and A-40 "Albatros" (the latter in the development of Taganrog Aviation Scientific-Technical Complex Berieva, started back in 1983). The life of old aircraft would extend until 2015. These may include alterations within seven to ten years to approximately 35-40 aircraft.

In August 2006 it was reported that the Russian navy will receive its first batch of remanufactured Ilyushin Il-38N maritime patrol aircraft in 2007, following preliminary certification trials. "Preliminary certification will mean that the upgraded aircraft meets the requirements set, so that the initial batch of the aircraft may be built," said Ilyushin director-general Viktor Livanov.

On 15 July 2014, Russia’s Northern Fleet acquired a new plane – the Ilyushin Il-38 antisubmarine plane. The aircraft was fitted with an updated version of its main combat system. According to its designers, the Novella system is capable of detecting airborne targets at a distance of up to 60 miles and surface targets at a distance of up to 200 miles. The system allows up to 32 targets to be kept in sight simultaneously, both above and under water. It is used to conduct submarine, surface and air radar reconnaissance and provides target designation.

The system combines a digital computer with control stations for two operators, each of which is equipped with a 13-inch LCD, and a commander’s station with a large monitor. One modernized aircraft will be capable of operating over an area four times the size of that previously covered by the Il-38. The aircraft has a combat load of 9 tons: torpedoes, anti-submarine bombs, marine mines, rescue containers and marine markers (OMAB-12D marine benchmark bombs) and even anti-ship cruise missiles.

Under a contract with the Russian Ministry of Defense, the Ilyushin company is modernizing five Il-38s. Modernization, in some cases, is more justified than developing entirely new weapon systems. This is primarily because of the fact that it is neither technically nor economically viable to reproduce certain carriers, such as project 1144 cruisers, in today’s conditions. Similarly, it is not feasible to build new Il-38s from scratch. However, replacing the electronics and striking capabilities in them is cost-efficient and also enhances the combat capabilities of well-established carriers which have proved themselves.

In November 2016, the Russian Navy will receive two more IL-38N Novella anti-submarine aircraft, in addition to five that have already been taken on board, the Deputy General Director of Ilyushin Aviation complex Yuri Yudin said 14 January 2016. Yudin pointed out that, under a contract with the Defense Ministry, Ilyushin was set to give the Russian Navy 28 units of IL-38N by 2020.

Upgraded ASW Il-38N units have a new power supply system produced by "Technodynamics" Holding (included in GC "Rostec"). Holding company Ilyushin put three sets of three-phase power modules, MTP-5000 for advanced anti-IL-38N Supply modules implemented under contract with the Ministry of Defence. The new units are an important part of the power supply system, in particular, serve as an emergency power source for the aircraft. The initiative to develop the module was completed in 2010. In contrast to the unit previously used in the IL-38 of the electromechanical transducer, it is half the weight (about 45 kg), requires virtually no maintenance and has an unlimited service life. The prototype used an airplane assault aviation Su-25SMT.

In 2014 the production of the constituent elements of the module was moved to Ufa area holding where mastered its mass production in two years. In October 2016, flight test and development base of the company "Ilyushin" began ground and flight testing before delivery to the customer the seventh advanced anti-IL-38N. The modernized Il-38N is equipped with a search and navigation sighting "Novella" complex, which is able to detect airborne targets at a distance of 90 km, surface - up to 320 km. The system at the same time accompanied by 32 targets both above water and underwater. In addition to solving problems of anti-IL-38N is able to perform the tasks patrol aircraft electronic intelligence.

Ilyushin put into the fleet first five Il-38N after modernization. In 2017 it is planned to put two more.

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