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A new modernized A-50U AWACS airborne and control aircraft entered service in Russian Air Force 0111111

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World Air Force News - Russia
 
 
A new modernized A-50U AWACS airborne and control aircraft entered service in Russian Air Force
 
A modernized A-50U airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft entered service with the Russian Air Force on Monday, said a Russian Air Force spokesman.
     
A modernized A-50U airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft entered service with the Russian Air Force on Monday, said a Russian Air Force spokesman.
Russian Air Force A-50U AWACS at MAKS 2001 Moscow Air Show (Photo Vitaly Kuzmin)
     

The aircraft has an advanced onboard computer, satellite communication and radar systems, Col. Vladimir Drik said.

It now has the capability to detect various types of flying targets, including helicopters, cruise missiles and supersonic aircraft, he said.

The Beriev A-50, based on the Ilyushin Il-76 transport, first flew in 1978. It entered service in 1984, with about 40 produced by 1992.

The mission personnel of the 15-man crew derive data from the large Liana surveillance radar with its antenna in an over-fuselage rotordome, which has a diameter of 29 ft 9 in (9.00 m). The A-50 can control up to 10 fighter aircraft for either air-to-air intercept or air-to-ground attack missions. The A-50 is capable of flying for 4 hours at 1000 km from its base at a maximum takeoff weight of 190 tons.