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Beriev A-100 (Premiere)

Russia (2020)
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Deliveries of the all-new, in-development Beriev A-100 AWACS platform is set to begin in, or around, 2020.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Beriev A-100 (Premiere) Airborne Early Warning and Control (AWACS) Special Missions Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 6/21/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

Beriev Aircraft Company and the Russian Air Force are working on a successor to the Cold War-era Beriev A-50 "Mainstay" Airborne Early Warning and Control (AWACS) platform (detailed elsewhere on this site). The new entry is set to feature a powerful all-new Active Phased Array radar fit (named "Premier") by Vega Radio Engineering among other modern equipment. Like the A-50 before it, the A-100 will be based on an existing fuselage of the four-engined Ilyushin Il-76 military transport aircraft family.

Equipment for the A-100 is being actively tested on an A-100LL "flying laboratory" which, itself, is built atop the framework of the A-50. The new radar sees the large, rotating radome fitted over the dorsal spine of the aft fuselage, ahead of the tail unit, and allows for tracking of both land and maritime targets, giving it a decided advantage over the battlespace. Externally, the A-100 continues the form and function established by the Il-76 series in that its flightdeck is sat over a short nosecone assembly, the wings are mounted high along the fuselage sides and a "T-style" tail unit is featured. The A-100 has a multi-wheeled undercarriage for ground-running and each wing mainplane is swept rearwards while managing the load of a pair of underslung engine nacelles.

The fuselage is taken from the Il-76MD-90A production model. The powerplant arrangement is 4 x Aviadvigatel PS-90A-76 turbofan engine units, each developing up to 32,000lb of thrust. Official specifications include an overall length of 152.9 feet, a wingspan of 165.7 feet and a height of 48.4 feet. Maximum speed is said to be in the 900 kmh range.

The A-100 is expected to reach the Russian Air Force inventory sometime around 2020. A first-flight is tentatively scheduled before the end of 2017 after which point a lengthy, intensive testing phase will commence to trial the mission equipment in an active manner.

The original A-50, currently (2017) in service with Russia and India, was introduced in 1984 during the latter stages of the Cold War and saw production of some forty aircraft from 1978 until 1992. The A-50 was used to succeed the earlier Tupolev Tu-126 "Moss" series (detailed elsewhere on this site).

The A-100 is recognized internally as the Izdeliye PM.

Any available statistics for the Beriev A-100 (Premiere) Airborne Early Warning and Control (AWACS) Special Missions Aircraft are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, operational status, manufacture(s) and total quantitative production. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed or proposed armament and mission equipment (if any), global users (from A-to-Z) and series model variants (if any).




  Program Updates  


November 2017 - A first-flight of an A-100 aircraft was recorded on November 18th, 2017.






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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 750mph
Lo: 375mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (559mph).

    Graph average of 562.5 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Origin: Russia
Year: 2020
Type: Airborne Early Warning and Control (AWACS) Special Missions Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): Beriev Aircraft Company - Russia
Production: 1
Status: In-Development
Global Operators:
Russia (planned)
Historical Commitments / Honors:

Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Beriev A-100 (Premiere) model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
16


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
152.89 ft


Meters
46.6 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
165.68 ft


Meters
50.5 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
48.39 ft


Meters
14.75 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
205,030 lb


Kilograms
93,000 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
429,901 lb


Kilograms
195,000 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
4 x Aviadvigatel PS-90-76 turbofan engines developing 32,000lb of thrust each.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
559 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
900 kph


Knots
486 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
4,660 mi


Kilometers
7,500 km


Nautical Miles
4,050 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
44,291 ft


Meters
13,500 m


Miles
8.39 mi

Armament - Hardpoints (0):

None. Special-mission equipment carried as well as countermeasures suite.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• A-100 "Premiere" - Base Series Designation; featuring fuselage of the Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A production transport; Vega radar fit.
• A-100LL - Flying laboratory for equipment testing; based on A-50 Mainstay framework.