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Russia's new radar surveillance aircraft, dubbed flying mushroom, can track 300 targets at once

April 12, 2019 / militaryaerospace

Despite the less-than-fearsome moniker, the aircraft is seen as far superior to Western models - and it has completed its first flight trials, say reports. The aircraft is nicknamed The All-Seeing Eye and carries some 20 tons of unique surveillance equipment. The new Beriev A-100 plane has been dubbed the flying mushroom thanks to its distinctive look. It has a distinctive rotating radar dome above the fuselage and has also been dubbed the flying mushroom. Until now, the sophisticated aircraft has been kept largely under wraps. Its capabilities far exceed Russian and foreign counterparts, including the [Boeing] E-3 AWACS aircraft of the U.S. Air Force, Russian officials say.