After "Premiere": for the VKS will develop a new "flying radar"
The aircraft will be created on the basis of a civilian airliner Tu-214
May 5, 2019 00:01
Aleksey Ramm Bogdan Stepovoy
For the Aerospace Forces (VKS) of Russia, a new long-range radar detection (AWAC) aircraft will be developed. This “lightweight” - cheaper and more economical - version of the “flying radar” A-100 “Premier”. The platform for the novelty will be the Tu-214 airliner. Our country with its large territory and extended borders needs a sufficiently large fleet of AWACS. The new development will quickly provide VKS such aircraft. In addition, this "flying radar" has a good export potential.
The project of a new “flying radar” on the basis of a civilian airliner Tu-214 has already been submitted to the Main Command Space Center and received approval, told Izvestia several sources in the Ministry of Defense. The choice in favor of the "carcass" is not accidental, since its glider is considered universal and well known to military pilots. In particular, about 20 modifications were created on its basis: passenger, cargo, retransmission and other vehicles. There is a special version of the reconnaissance aircraft Tu-214R and Tu-214ON for the performance of observation flights within the framework of the agreement on open skies.
The new car will use, albeit in a “lightweight” form, the radar and part of the electronics of the A-100 Premier aircraft, one of the most secret machines in the VKS arsenal, which was made on the basis of the heavy military transport IL-76MD-90A and Already received in the army respectful nickname "All-seeing eye." At present, the Premier is on trial in the 929th State Flight Test Center of the Defense Ministry named after Chkalov.
New DRLO aircraft on the basis of the Tu-214 will be able to control the air, land and sea space within a radius of several hundred kilometers, the machine is able to control large groups, provide information for fighter, bomber and attack aircraft. The aircraft is equipped with a multi-position radar with two phased antenna arrays, all information received by radars is digitized, processed directly on board, and immediately transmitted to participants in a combat operation. There is on the plane and a system to counter enemy electronic warfare.
The “flying radar” Tu-214 will well complement the A-50, A50U and A-100 Premier, made on the basis of the IL-76 transport. Moreover, the “carcass” has its advantages over the Ilyushin machines, according to military expert Anton Lavrov.
“The DRLO Tu-214 aircraft will most likely have a greater range and flight duration, which is very important,” Anton Lavrov told Izvestia. - The civilian version made non-stop flights Moscow-Vladivostok without refueling, which the IL-76 cannot do. It is also important that the Tu-214 is much cheaper to maintain and operate. Russia with its large territory simply needs a fleet of long-range radar detection aircraft - the new model will allow it to grow.