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Blow to Moscow as Ukraine shoots down two key Russian aircrafts

According to the UK’s Ministry of Defense, the Kremlin has only six working A-50s in service. Each plane costs $330m to build. 

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Ukraine shoots down two key Russian aircrafts

MOSCOW: The Ukrainian military said they have shot down two key Russian aircrafts, both considered top-notch in the military arsenal.

Valerii Zaluzhnyi, Ukraine’s commander in chief, said his air force had destroyed an A-50 long-range radar detection aircraft and an Il-22 control center plane.

The first plane was an A-50 long-range radar detection aircraft, which crashed on undisclosed location after being hit by anti-aircraft systems.

The second aircraft Il-22 was badly damaged and appears to have made an emergency landing at an airfield in Anapa, Russia, the guardian reported. 

Ukraine shoots down two key Russian aircrafts
Each A-50 long-range radar detection aircraft costs around $330 million

Significance of the aircrafts

Both the aircrafts “are vital to maintaining air superiority by functioning as the eyes for all aircraft operating in combat”, the Kyiv Post analysis suggests.

“Because they have very long-range radar search capability, they can share a “picture” in a broadcast to all airborne combat aircraft and assist fighter aircraft in completing intercepts and engagement of adversary aircraft through more direct communication”, the analysis said.

The analysis further claimed that “the Il-22M is part of a small fleet of up to 12 aircraft, used for both airborne command and control, and radio relay tasks, has played an important role in controlling Russian forces in their war against Ukraine”.

According to the UK’s Ministry of Defense, the Kremlin has only six working A-50s in service. Each plane costs $330m to build. 

The Il-22M
The Il-22M has been playing important role in Russia’s fight against Ukraine

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