A senior Russian minister has revealed that the nation is engaged on a brand new model of the infamous ‘doomsday plane’, confirming long-standing rumors of deliberate replacements for the 4 Soviet-made Il-80 flying command posts.
“Work in this direction is underway,” Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov advised information company Interfax on Sunday, noting that the Russian aviation trade now has the aptitude to supply plane of all lessons, together with planes for this goal.
A ‘doomsday plane’ is designed to deal with the nation’s high leaders and hold them out of hurt’s method in case of all-out nuclear struggle on the bottom, permitting them to prepare army actions from security. All branches of the armed forces – floor items, navy, aviation, and strategic missile methods – may be managed from the plane. These new jets will ultimately change the present Il-80, additionally made by the nation’s well-established Ilyushin plane producer.
According to a supply for Moscow every day Izvestia, the airplane remains to be in its very early growth stage. It might be based mostly on the brand new Il96-400M, which has nonetheless not but made its first flight.
Despite the high-security nature of the doomsday airplane, certainly one of Russia’s Il-80 flying command posts was robbed final 12 months. Two assailants, not but caught, stole 39 items of digital gear and 5 radio station boards put in onboard the airplane whereas it was present process scheduled modernization work in Taganrog, within the south of the nation. However, in keeping with the state-owned United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), not one of the stolen gear was important for the aim of the plane.
“All the special equipment was dismantled from the aircraft immediately upon its arrival and was stored in special warehouses. During the incident, a number of secondary appliances, not related directly to the purpose of the aircraft, went missing,” UAC advised the TASS information company.
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