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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Beriev A-50

Beriev A-50

The Beriev A-50 is the Russian AWACS (Airborne Warning And Control System). The Soviets built 40 of them since 1984. We say 'Russian' and 'Soviet' but that was just who was claiming to be in charge. Beriev, the company that built them, is based in Taganrog, a city on the north shore of the Sea of Azov, which is like a sub-sea of the Black Sea.

Those engines don't look big enough to push this ungainly monster into the sky.

1 comment:

xoxoxoBruce said...

A-50 = Soloviev D-30KP turbofan engines, 117.68 kN (26,460 lbf) thrust each.

A-100 = Aviadvigatel PS-90-76 turbofan engines, 142 kN (32,000 lbf) thrust each.