Russia develops ground-based system to test A-100 AWACS plane’s radars

The advanced radar will start undergoing trials in 2017

The A-50 and A-100 Premier airborne early warning and control (AWACS) aircraft will receive an advanced mobile ground-based system to assess the working capacity and operational capabilities of their radars, Yevgeny Ryabov, designer of the system, said.

Ryabov made this statement at the Army 2016 international military and technical forum.

The system has been developed by the United Instrument-Manufacturing Corporation, part of Russia’s state hi-tech corporation Rostec.

"The system’s distinctive feature is that the plane’s characteristics can be checked on the ground. Moreover, the system makes it unnecessary to use dozens of other planes and ground-based equipment to do this work," Ryabov said.

According to the designer, "all this can be simulated at the home airfield."

"The system makes the tactical environment close to reality. Information on the environment is registered, processed and transmitted to Russian Aerospace Force ground-based command and control centers," the designer said.

Also, signals of the mobile ground-based system can be jammed to simulate the work of hostile electronic warfare systems, Ryabov added.

As the designer said, the system allows simulating an environment with several dozen ground and aerial targets at a time.

"This can be single and group targets flying at various speeds and from various directions. All this information is shown on the displays of AWACS plane operators," he added.

According to Ryabov, "the advanced radar of the A-100 AWACS plane will start undergoing trials in 2017."

A part of the complex radio technical equipment is being tested onboard upgraded A-50U AWACS planes. The system’s ground-based simulators, radar signals and countermeasures are also being used to test it.

"There are plans that the system will be also used to check the operation of other planes and helicopters," Ryabov said.


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