The Pacific Fleet’s naval aviation will receive the first An-140-100 transport this December. The second airplane will be delivered in the first six months of 2016.
The Pacific Fleet’s naval aviation has already received 4 modernized and overhauled Il-38N aircraft this year. Having received these airplanes, the pilots were able to increase the overall flight-hour of the Fleet’s ASW aviation.
The Il-38N is capable of detecting aerial targets on a distance of up to 90 km and following the surface object within a radius of 320 km.
Crew positions are equipped with the latest hardware.
Owing to its characteristics and installed facilities, the Il-38N airplane may conduct longstanding patrol in the assigned area, search for targets and share the information on them with other airplanes and ships. In addition, this airplane is capable of attacking the enemy independently as it may carry up to 9 tons of armament, varying from torpedoes to orientated naval air bombs.
According to the specialists, after the modernization the airplane’s searching productivity has increased by four times in comparison with the basic model.
The reception of new air materiel has proved to be another stage in the re-equipment and modernization of ASW and transport aviation of the Pacific Fleet.