The Vega Radio Engineering Corporation of the Ruselectronics holding company (part of Rostec) and the Beriev Aircraft Company have upgraded the A-50 airborne early warning and control aircraft to the A-50U version.
Rostec said “the combat and aircraft performance characteristics of the plane” have been improved and that modern electronic components and high-performance computing tools mean the aircraft is now capable of tracking more targets and guiding more fighters.
A Rostec statement said: “Compared to the previous model, the A-50U features an increased range of detection of various airborne vehicles, including completely new aircraft. High performance of the radar has been achieved by implementing the end-to-end channel of digital radar data processing and upgrading the receiver and the transmitter.”
Anatoly Serdyukov, Director of Rostec’s Aviation Cluster, said: “A-50U is heavily modified A-50 aircraft. In addition to enhanced performance of the radio equipment, we have also significantly increased the comfort level for the crew. Upgrading the current aircraft fleet is a top priority for Rostec. Today’s competences of the Corporation’s specialists enable us to create unique products and modernize the already existing aircraft models.”
Functional software features have been improved thanks to installation of a new onboard computing system based on higher-speed and better-performing modern digital computing engines. The modernisation has also embraced the display system at operators’ workstations
Reliability and performance of the satellite communication equipment, including information exchange speed, volume and quality, “have been considerably enhanced”, Rostec says. The aircraft navigation system has also been improved and the flight range and mission duration increased.
The A-50U is intended to detect, track and identify air targets, large ground and sea targets and submit information to the command posts of the armed forces’ automated control systems, and guide fighters to air targets and front-line aircraft to ground and sea targets.