1 A New Scout Plane is Up

A New Scout Plane is Up

Posted on March 25, 2014 by tim


A new modified “flying radar” plane, the A-50U or called “Mainstay” by NATO, has been shipped to the Russian air force recently. Basically as I understand it, these planes provide radar coverage where the army has no radar. So when a part of the air force or navy is going somewhere they would probably like to have a powerful radar with them, capable on spotting any enemy units that may be around or to use it more for targeting their attacks. Such planes began being used in the 1980s but in 2011 they released an upgraded version of the old plane which can conduct its functions digitally. More pictures inside, also the photos are clickable and are pretty widescreen.


The plane can go as far as 7,500 km (or around 4,600 miles) and can track up to five hundred different targets both in the sky and on the ground, up to 650 km away. It sends the commands to fighter jets so that they can destroy the targets this big plane has detected.

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It can also be controlled by engineers, this new modification allows the whole spotting and targeting thing to be coordinated by the plane’s “brain” itself. a-50u-behind



There are a total of 17 such planes enlisted in the Russian air force now, but only three of them have already been digitally upgraded.

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One Response to “A New Scout Plane is Up”

  1. mitro says:

    if this new scout plane has Rudder PCU unit, don’t import it from Parker-Hannifin manufacturing plant.
    I am afraid it is not a high quality product. Some said that one of their rudder CPU unit product has been used in one of the B-737 SilkAir of Singaporean that crashed into the Musi River several years ago.

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