anyone know the differences between Sea Dragon and Novella ? that would be interesting snapshot of current Ru policy.
Think no further , Novella is the Gold Standard of the new ASW suite meant only for the RuN , Sea Dragon the export variant and hence would be
http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htnava ... 50123.aspx
Two Il-38 Airplanes from Russian Federation Naval Aviation to Be Upgraded
for Indian Navy
Two Il-38 from Russias naval air fleet will be upgraded for the Indian
navy, an informed source in Russian aircraft construction reported to
Interfax-AVN on Wednesday.
After the loss of two airplanes last year, India plans to obtain and
upgrade two airplanes from Russias naval air force line elements,the agency
He recalled that previously, in September 2001, FGUP Rosoboronehksport, the
Ilyushin aviation complex and Indias Ministry of Defense signed an
agreement for 205 million dollars for the upgrade of five Il-38 airplanes.
The IF-AVN source reported that five Il-38 have made up the 315th Indian
naval aviation squadron since 1977.
The first flight of an upgraded Il-38N airplane with a mock-up of the
future Novella(Morskoy Zmey) navigational, search and attack complex was
made the spring of 2001. State tests have been underway since November 2002
of this complex, which are planned for completion before the end of this
year. The reequipping of the majority of the Il-38 airplanes in the naval
aviation inventory up to the Il-38N standard is envisioned at the 20th
aircraft repair plant in the city of Pushkin outside St. Peterburg.
Intended for equipping naval aircraft, the Novellasystem is capable of
detecting airborne targets at a distance up to 90 kilometers and surface
((targets)) up to 320 kilometers. At the same time, the system
simultaneously retains 32 targets in the field of view both above and
beneath the water. It is used for submarine, surface and aerial radar
surveillance and weapons targeting.
The Novella complex combines a digital computer with the control stations
for two operators, each of which is equipped with a 13-inch liquid crystal
display, and a commanders station, which is equipped with a large monitor.
All blocs are connected to each other via special buses. Such a solution
allows integrating special equipment according to the customers choice,the
agency source emphasized.
According to information from open sources, today there are 10 Il-38 in the
Northern Fleet, in the Pacific Fleet there are 15 aircraft of this type and
several more are at the Center for Combat Training and Cross Training of
Russias naval aviation personnel at the airbase in the city of Ostrov