Hole wrote:The Il-22M11 SURT passed state acceptance trials back in 1998. There are pictures of 3 or 4 different planes.
Maybe they are officially accepted into service just now.
Not accepted but upgraded with new systems and avionics
Next year, the Russian military will receive a star wars aircraft. The Defense Ministry will begin upgrading the five IL-22M11.
Initially, these machines, commissioned in the early 1980s, were designed to control troops during a nuclear war.
Now the IL-22M11 will become a multifunctional flying command post. With it, in real time, it will be possible to control ground,
air and space groups of troops. To this end, the newest communications and control systems will be installed, because of the
abundance of the most modern equipment, military pilots have already called the updated IL-22M11 “star wars aircraft”.
As they told Izvestia in the Ministry of Defense, it is planned to modernize five air command posts based on the Il-22M11.
These aircraft will be equipped with a relay node that will be integrated with ground and aerial automated control systems (ACS).
Works are planned to be held until 2021. The total cost will exceed 1.6 billion rubles.
The first will be upgraded IL-22M11 with a tail number RF-9441. This aircraft made its first flight in 1982.
It will almost completely replace the electronic filling. The aircraft is equipped with a radio relay station transmitting
and receiving information via secure communication channels in a digital format. A new communications equipment and high-tech control points will appear on board.
Thanks to the changes, the aircraft will be compatible with all automated troop control systems, ground and air.
This will make it possible to direct exercises directly from the aircraft, to manage disparate and interspecific
groups during special operations. And in the event of war, to coordinate the troops of a military district or front.