First serial Il-38N with the «novelty» will come into operation after a couple of years, lack of funding
Aviation Navy (Navy) RF should substantially increase with the adoption of new sighting and navigation systems «Novella» necessary for spatial orientation, and search and guidance on target. For disk imaging «Izvestia» acquired from the Main Command of the Navy, the first serial Il-38N with the «novelty» will come into operation during the coming year. First test aircraft is considered to be in the Northern Fleet since late 2011, and the official transfer was accomplished in March 2012.
— Although the «Novelle» 100 Years in the afternoon, naval aviation could not get it because of underfunding acquired project also difficulties with the test aircraft — identified the source of «Izvestia».
«Novella» created on the basis of export Sea Dragon, which, in turn, designed to modernize the Indian anti-IL-38. The project started in 1980, and India was the only buyer zabugornye complexes and their carriers. At the moment, the Indian Navy as part of the IL-38 6, 5 equipped «sea serpent.»
Clear differences «Novels» of the export base model classified. Just clear it detects surface, underwater and even subglacial targets within 320 km (but works under the ice detection, remains hidden information). There is also a unique electronic intelligence unit, which controls the emission of radar, navigation systems, communication systems and with high accuracy determines their position. «Sea Dragon» does not have such powers, says an officer of the Main Command of the Navy.
— In the «Novelle» yet finalized some nodes, but the tactical and technical characteristics of equipment for you, I can not say. You can not fear to assert that «Novella» is not terrible, but almost everything better «Snake», — he added.
Russian naval aviation for several reasons does not meet upscale fleet. Were armed with anti-IL-38 have an old sighting and navigation system «Berkut» 1960s. According to the views of military pilots, he is already 20 years as of date.
Initially, «Berkut» inferior opponent South American P-3C Orion, because strictly confined under combat submarines. «Orion» was always the same functional complex capable to counteract not only underwater, and surface ships, ocean produce and radio reconnaissance patrol.
Russian admirals considered superfluous these functions. But the future development of naval aviation has shown that highly specialized AVIACOMPLEX have no future, because in the 1980s began to develop mate «Berkut». The complex is a modern electric stuffing and radar, but with the collapse of the USSR draft braked. If it were not enthusiastic Indians have purchased several «Kites», he could be lost for the general of.
Now «Novelle» awaits a happier fate. Familiar with the situation representative of the military-industrial complex told «Izvestia» that the production of IL-38N modernization under «Novella» will begin in the first half of 2013 at the OKB Myasishcheva in Zhukovsky near Moscow.
— Thrust blocks in the fuselage — it’s half the battle. Need to further develop the airframe and wiring. North Sea on the test IL-38N were some prepyadstviya, something had to change. New IL-38N receive «Novella» with the new element base, increased speed. In general, it will be a real analogue of modern South American P-8 Poseydon, — assured the representative of the CMO.
He added that most likely will get a plane logo with white bear (symbol of the Northern Fleet naval aviation), and the Pacific Fleet (where to draw the emblem with the Siberian tiger) will follow IL-38N. However, the arrival of the upgraded aircraft with «novelty» is causing some confusion naval officers because orgmeropriyaty future.
— We do not know where to prepare professionals for «Novels». The complex is new, trainers and instructors prepared in the training center no. Since the pilot is without problems, the IL-38 crews trained a lot — they say in the fleet headquarters.
Fear is the willingness of sophisticated electronics to arctic frost. According to officers on the test IL-38N last winter from the cold burst LCD monitors operators. So for serial «Novell» requires rebuild hangars, create special station for the calibration of the complex.
But the difficulty does not scare coming. Creator of books on the history of the Navy Maxim Tokarev states that seafarers have always needed in this sea plane, so that IL-38N with the «novelty» can not entertain the fleet aviators.
— Il-38N will expand the range of tasks and become an indispensable for naval aviation. Currently in the fleet remained only rescue and anti-submarine aircraft. Very well, that it began to bring to the modern requirements, — said the expert «Izvestia».