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Russian-Built AWACS-Type Aircraft to Detect New Generation Targets - Shoigu

Sputnik News

14:01 02.05.2017(updated 16:37 02.05.2017)

A Russian-built A-100 airborne early warning and control (AWACS) aircraft will be able to detect new classes of targets, including new generation tactical aircraft, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday.

MOSCOW(Sputnik) – According to Shoigu, two aircraft are set to be created – a flying laboratory and a prototype.

"This complex will be able to quickly build up the radar field in a given operational direction. Its development is due to the emergence of new classes of targets, including the new generation operational-tactical aircraft," Shoigu said at a teleconference.

A-100 Premier aircraft is based on Il-76MD-90A aircraft and has PS-90A-76 turbofans.

In March, Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said that the testing of the aircraft would likely start in July.


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