A-50: Russian AWACS plane that guards India’s skies

The plane can also serve as an airborne command post controlling up to 10 fighter aircraft.

The plane can also serve as an airborne command post controlling up to 10 fighter aircraft.

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The Indian Air Force operates three A-50s and bought two more this year.
The Beriev A-50 is an airborne early warning and control (AWACS) aircraft based on the Il-76 transport jet.
A-50 is used for detection and tracking of air targets and surface ships and alerting military command of air and surface threats.
Currently, the Indian Air Force (IAF) operates 3 A-50 planes.
At the Aero India-2017 air show in February 2017, Russia and India signed a contract for the supply of two more A-50EI (an upgraded version of the A-50) aircraft.
The Russian Air Force operates 26 A-50 planes. Several take part in the Russia’s operation in Syria.
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