Russia’s A-100 Takes First Flight

By S.L. Fuller | November 21, 2017
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Photo courtesy of the Russian Ministry of Defense

Photo courtesy of the Russian Ministry of Defense

Russia’s A-100 has taken its first flight. Announced Saturday by the Russian Ministry of Defense, the flight took place at the Taganrog Aviation Scientific and Technical Complex.

“All aircraft systems — the engine management system, the power plant and the radar interface systems installed in the dome fuselage — have been operated in the regular mode and are ready for further stages of preliminary tests under the guidance of officers of the 335 military mission,” the ministry said.

The A-100, built for surveillance, is based on the IL-76MD-90A. The upgraded aircraft features a digital navigation system and a digital control system with a glass cockpit and a new dual-range radar with a phased array antenna, according to the ministry.

Russian Army General Sergei Shoigu said Nov. 1 that the program is on track and deliveries of the A-100 are set to start in 2020.

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