This is A-50 Phalcon KW-3552, the second AWACS, delivered to the Indian Air Force last week. The first, KW-3551, arrived in May last year.
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"On its flight to India"? Fascinating that the IAF managed to position a RusAF IL78 with an UPAZ pod en route between Ben Gurion and Agra ! 🙂
Why are seeing this being refueled by a Russian tanker, did it fly in from Russian.
Shiv can you confirm?
Hi Shiv, Are you sure that the photos were taken on the flight back to India ? The first photo shows a Russian refueling aircraft.Anyway great pics.
these are the totally new airframes and lot more work has been done on these airframes compared to older A50 airframes, i mean when comparing aircraft availability of these new AEW with older A50 which chinese have one might guess which one is better
Wow! Beautiful photos!! Thanks Shiv!
can u get some gen on inside of the aeroplane, what system capabilities, data link etc.
Me thinks that since the order for these awacs include airframe from russia and radar from israel, both russia and israel has equal responsibility to deliver these to India. Hence the RuAF IL-78 refueling IAF' Awacs.
Now, my doubt is, why did this beast need a refuelling? This is very big aircraft, can't it carry enough fuel to reach India from Israel?
Shiv, can you comment on this news. Why a new contract? don't we have the provision of options in the present contract?
India to Buy A-50EI AWACS from Russia
This has to have been a practice run becausr the a/c are flying over land. I don't think any country in that area would allow an Indian AWACS plane to fly over it's territory. Remember, the plane was to touchdown in Gujrat.
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