The flying and maintenance personnel of Ivanovo-based Combat Employment and Retraining Center of the Russian air forces departed to the site of Beriev Aircraft Company to carry out acceptance of the upgraded A-50U AWACS aircraft, the press-service of Russian Ministry of Defense reported.
«This is the third upgraded aircraft of the type to be delivered to the air forces. During acceptance the specialists will evaluate the performance of engines under various operating conditions and the aircraft systems. The crew will check the functionality of radio technical equipment. Upon completion of the ground inspection the aircraft will perform 3 flights at medium and high altitude. During the flights the crew will check functionality of radio technical equipment, communications system, automatic transmission of commands to fighters and performance of a system for receiving, processing and displaying the information», - said in the statement.
After successful completion of testing the aircraft will perform ferry flight to the Combat Employment and Retraining Center of the Russian air forces.
«A-50U is intended for detection of air and surface targets, transmission of targeting data to fighters, transmission of radar signals (detection of air targets, including helicopters, cruising missiles, supersonic aircraft) to ground control stations», - the agency noted.
The most important component of A-50U is RM radio technical system. A-50 is one of the world’s best AWACS aircraft in terms of radio electronic equipment and power-supply systems. This year the crews of A-50 will take part in different military maneuvers, including the international ones.