The A-100 complex makes its first flight with activated radar
Specialists of the Vega Concern of Ruselectronics Holding and Beriev Aircraft Company (TANTK) of PJSC “UAC” (both are part of the Rostec State Corporation) conducted the first flight of the A-100 long-range airborn early warning and control aircraft with the onboard radio equipment turned on. The tests confirmed that the special equipment as well as the aircraft’s onboard systems function normally in a high-intensity radiated environment.
The flight tested the aerodynamic performance of the aircraft, its avionics and the specific parts of the radio equipment that were meant to be checked. The aircraft systems performed according to the specified parameters and are ready for further tests.
The Crew Commander, Sergey Parkhaev, Honored Test Pilot 1st Class, test pilot of the Beriev Aircraft Company (TANTK), said:
The flight was in a routine mode. All systems and equipment worked correctly. The crew fully completed the flight task, having checked the stability and controllability of the aircraft in required flight regimes, as well as the operation of the equipment installed on board the aircraft. The IL-76MD-90A platform confirmed the specified performance indicators”.
The new generation aviation complex is based on the IL-76MD-90A aircraft, carrying a radome with a unique antenna system and the latest special radio equipment developed by the Vega Concern (part of Ruselectronics). A-100 can detect and track air and other types of targets, and help control fighter and assault aircraft guiding it to attack air, ground and naval targets.
The radio equipment for the A-100 aircraft includes technical solutions developed with the latest achievements of the Russian radioelectronics and high-performance computing tools, as well as top electronic components. This applies to the equipment used to obtain information, the computer cluster processing the information, and the automated workstations of the system’s crew.
“An important stage of testing the A-100, an aviation complex that includes our most advanced developments, has begun. Scientists and designers have confirmed that Russia has technologies to create AEW&C aircraft that are on par with global peers. During the year 2022, we plan to complete the cycle of preliminary flight tests and hand the complex over for state joint tests,” said Vladimir Verba, Chief Designer of the Vega Concern, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Rostec is Russia’s largest manufacturer. In 2022 it celebrates the 15th anniversary. It unites more than 800 scientific and industrial organizations in 60 regions of the country. Its key lines of business are aircraft engineering, radioelectronics, medical technologies, innovative materials, etc. The Corporation’s portfolio includes renowned brands, such as AvtoVAZ, KAMAZ, UAC, Russian Helicopters, UEC, Uralvagonzavod, Shvabe, Kalashnikov, etc. Rostec partners with leading global manufacturers, such as Boeing, Airbus, Daimler, Pirelli and Renault. The corporation delivers its products to more than 100 countries worldwide. Almost a third of the company’s revenue comes from the export of high-tech products.