Russia Claims New Beriev A-100 AWACS can Detect US F-22 and F-35 Stealth Fighters
The Russian Air Force (VVS) will rely heavily on its new Beriev A-100 "Premier" airborne early warning and control (AWACS) aircraft to detect stealthy enemy aircraft such as the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II.
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First flown in October 2016, the Beriev 100 carries the new Vega Premier AESA radar in a rotating radome. The array rotates once every five seconds, improving the radar's ability to track fast moving targets such as enemy jets.
The Beriev 100, which is based on the Il-76MD-90A (Il-476) transport aircraft, remains under development, however. The A-100 was first tested in flight on a flying laboratory last month.
The A-100 is being developed by Vega Radio Engineering Concern, a subsidiary of Rostec, the state corporation that dominates Russia's defense industry.
Nicknamed "The Flying Mushroom" because of its huge radome, the Beriev A-100 is a long-range radar surveillance and guidance system. Its role is to detect air targets, surface ships and inform command centers about the situation existing in a specific battlespace.
In addition, they can serve as air command posts and provide assistance to assault aircraft attacking air, land and sea targets.
The Beriev A-100 multifunctional long-range radar surveillance aircraft will be able to detect new classes of targets, including next-generation operational-tactical aircraft, claims Russian Defense Minister, Russian Army General Sergei Shoigu.
"This complex will be able to rapidly build up the radar field in a given operational direction. Its development is conditioned by the appearance of new classes of targets, including next-generation operational-tactical aircraft," said Gen. Shoigu a few days ago.
Russian state-controlled media said the "next-generation operational-tactical aircraft" cited by Gen. Shoigu refers to the F-22 and the F-35.
Gen. Shoigu also said the VVS plans to develop two variants of the Breiev A-100: a flying laboratory and a prototype of a multifunctional radar surveillance and guidance system.