Early warning, Russian style

MILITARY A-50 MAINSTAY

The A-50 developed by the Beriev design bureau in Taganrog is the only Russian airborne early warning aircraft in service. Piotr Butowski describes its present upgrades and future replacement

After its upgrade to U-model standard, Beriev returned A-50U RF-93952, side number 45, to the Russian Air Force on December 6, 2018.
Beriev

At the heart of the A-50’s capabilities is the E-821 Shmel (bumblebee, or izdeliye R) mission system.

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