ROSTOV-ON-DON, December 10. /TASS/. The Taganrog-based Beriev Aircraft Company has delivered the upgraded A-50U long-range radar surveillance aircraft to Russia’s Aerospace Force, the company said in a statement obtained by TASS on Monday.
"On December 6, the Beriev Aircraft Company delivered another A-50U serially modernized long-range radar surveillance plane (side number ‘red’ 45) to the Aerospace Force of Russia. After passing all the necessary trials, the plane was transferred to an Aerospace Force crew and made a successful flight from Taganrog to the place of its permanent basing," the statement says.
The A-50U new modification features improved radar characteristics while the radar itself is considerably lighter due to the changeover to the new components base. The conditions of the crew’s work have also been improved considerably," the company said.
The Beriev Aircraft Company is modernizing A-50 long-range radar surveillance planes together with the Vega radio engineering group. Now work is underway at the Beriev Aircraft Company for modernizing other A-50 aviation platforms.
The A-50 is designated to detect, track and determine the affiliation of air, large ground and naval targets, provide data on them to command posts, guide fighter jets towards air targets and frontline aircraft towards ground and sea targets.