The Russian Air Force has plans to build new-generation airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft by 2016, the Russian Air Chief has said.

The AWACS aircraft production forms part of Russia’s ambitious modernisation plan for its armed forces.

According to PTI, Colonel General Alexander Zelin said, “We are expecting to receive the A-100 AWACS on the Ilyushin Il-476 platform powered by the PS-90 engine for extended flight range.

“We will have the Il-476 platform by 2013-2014 and should be able to build this plane by 2016,” he added.

The A-100 AWACS, which will gradually replace the current inventory of around 20 A-50 aircraft, will be equipped with an active phased array radar capable of detecting and tracking multiple airborne and land-based targets.