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A-50 Soviet Radio Supervision Aircraft 1/72 Scale Plastic Model Kit Amodel 72019

Theme: Military

Era : 1960-1979

Scale : 1/72

Material : Plastic

Series: Legendary Aircrafts

Recommended Age Range: 12 Years & Up

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A-50 (product "A", according to NATO codification: Mainstay - "Oplot") - Soviet and Russian airborne early warning and control aircraft.
It was created on the basis of the Il-76 military transport aircraft at the Taganrog Aviation Scientific and Technical Complex. G. M. Beriev together with NPO Vega (Moscow Research Institute of Instrument Engineering), to replace the obsolete Tu-126 aircraft at that time. Together with the Shmel radio-technical complex installed on it, it forms the A-50 radar patrol and guidance aviation complex.
A-50 can be used to detect and track air and surface targets, alert command posts of automated control systems of the Armed Forces of the air and surface situation, be used to control fighter and strike aircraft when they are aimed at air, ground and sea targets, as well as serve as an air command post.
Adopted in 1989. Serial production was carried out in Tashkent at the plant named after. V. P. Chkalov. It was first shown at MAKS-95. Participated in military parades on May 9, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2020 in Moscow.
By the beginning of the 1970s, the Tu-126 AWACS aircraft was already obsolete and needed to be replaced.
In 1969, a government decision was made to start developing a new radio-technical complex, which was supposed to detect and track high-speed stealth air targets flying near the ground. Its creation was taken up by the Moscow Research Institute of Instrument Engineering. As a carrier, various variants of the country's aviation design bureaus were considered, but they settled on the Il-76 heavy military transport aircraft. By a decree of the Central Committee of the CPSU and the Council of Ministers of the USSR of 1973, the creation of a new RLDN aircraft was prescribed to the Taganrog OKB-49 under the leadership of A.K. Konstantinov.
In Taganrog, an experimental radio engineering complex "Bumblebee" was installed on the Tu-126LL (A) flying laboratory. Starting from August 1, 1977, 9 evaluation flights were performed, then the aircraft was transferred to Ramenskoye, where it continued to be used for testing.
In the same 1977, the Beriev Design Bureau began the re-equipment of the first Il-76, which lasted more than a year. The first flight from the factory airfield of a new aircraft converted from a serial Il-76 (still without an electronic complex) was made on December 19, 1978, by the crew led by V.P. Demyanovsky. This first machine became a flying stand for testing the complex.
In September 1977, the Beriev Design Bureau handed over the second Il-76, and on March 30, 1981, the third aircraft went to Taganrog, the re-equipment of which was completed in October 1983.