The Russian Defence Ministry is set to receive two modernised and upgraded Beriev A-50U airborne early warning and control (AWACS) aircraft this year.
The delivery was announced during an offsite meeting chaired by Russian deputy defence minister A Krivoruchko at the Taganrog Aviation Scientific-Technical Complex in southwestern Russia.
Krivoruchko discussed the project at the meeting, which will see the Russian Air Force’s existing A-50 aircraft model being upgraded to A-50U variant.
Krivoruchko said: “Modernisation is currently underway. We are going to receive another two aircraft this year.
“In the future, we will continue modernisation of all systems in service with the troops.”
Krivoruchko also discussed state trials of the A-100winged radar and upgrade projects for the Tu-95MS strategic bombers and the Tu-142 ASW aircraft.
The A-50 aircraft was developed and manufactured by the Beriev Aircraft Research and Engineering Complex Joint Stock Company.
Developed from the llyushin IL-76MD military transport aircraft, the A-50 aircraft is available in A-50M, A-50U, A-50I and A-50E/I variants.
The first A-50U AWACS aircraft was delivered to the Russian Armed Forces in 2011. The aircraft are designed to detect, track and identify large-size ground and naval targets.