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TAGANROG, Rostov region, March 17. /TASS/. Trial testing of the newest Russian early radar warning aircraft A-100 Premier will begin in July, Russian Deputy Minister of Defense Yuri Borisov said on Thursday.
"The Beriyev R & D Group in Taganrog (Russian acronym TANTK) is one of the parties engaged in the development of the early radar warning complex," he told reporters after a tour of the production facility. "This a priority on the state program for armaments. I can tell you all the works are in progress strictly on schedule and we'll get down to state trial testing in July."
A-100 has superior characteristics compared to other similar complexes not only in Russia but at across the world, too.
It is one a new generation of early radar warning and control aircraft that have the task of tracking and escorting aerial targets and surface ships, as well as alerting command centers to changes in the aerial and naval situation.
Apart from this, A-100 Premiers can be used for control over fight jets and strike aircraft in the process of homing onto aerial, ground and maritime targets or perform the functions of a command center.
A-100 was developed on the basis of the previous-generation A-50 early warning aircraft, which is based on the design of the Ilyushin-76 airlifter. In the future the equipment designed for A-100 will be installed on modernized Ilyushin-76MD-90A airlifters.