IAF's A-50 Mainstay

✈ Indian Air Force 
✈ Aircraft: Beriev A-50EhI Mainstay
✈ Location: Israel - Tel Aviv Ben Gurion - LLBG
✈ Registration: KW3551 
✈ Photo Date: August 27, 2008

✈ Spotted By: Rami Mizrahi

Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft (AEW&C) - 
The A-50 airborne early warning and control aircraft (AEW&C) was developed and manufactured by the Beriev Aircraft Research and Engineering Complex Joint Stock Company based at Taganrog in the Rostov Region of Russia. The A-50 aircraft was developed from the llyushin IL-76MD military transport aircraft manufactured by the Ilyushin Aviation Complex Joint Stock Company based in Moscow.

The aircraft is known in the West by the Nato codename Mainstay. Beriev aircraft normally carry the Russian designation Be- followed by the number, however, the A-50 aircraft retained the well-known A-designation which Beriev allocated to the original prototype.

The A-50 aircraft detects and identifies airborne objects, determines their coordinates and flight path data and transfers the information to command posts. The A-50 also acts as a control centre, guiding fighter-interceptors and tactical air force aircraft to combat areas in order to attack ground targets at low altitudes. The role of the A-50 is comparable to that of the US's E-3 AEW system developed by Boeing.

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