This is the Phalcon!

I don't know if anyone's seen these photos. They were apparently taken in January (not sure if last year or this year, but I suspect, 2007) in Israel where the airplane -- the first of three -- is undergoing final trial-runs along with an Indian Air Force and IAI joint team. Deliveries of the Ilyushin-76 Phalcon AWACS jets are expected to begin later this year. The three Phalcons are almost definitely to be based out of Agra where a separate squadron is in the process of being carved out by the Central Command. (Photos Courtesy Beriev)

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