On December 7th, or maybe earlier, unknown individuals opened the cargo hatch and stole equipment from the “Doomsday plane” at the airfield in Russia’s Rostov region.
This was announced by a representative of the transport department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia in the North Caucasus Federal District.
He said that a representative of the Beriev Taganrog Aviation Scientific and Technical Complex addressed the police.
An investigation was underway, according to RIA Novosti’s source.
Another RIA Novosti source said that the matter concerns the Il-80 aircraft, which was undergoing maintenance, radio equipment disappeared from it.
The Il-80 is a command post created on the basis of the Il-86 airliner. It is designed to control Russia’s forces in the case of a nuclear war, it is called the “Doomsday Aircraft”.
The Beriev Aircraft Company is part of the United Aircraft Corporation and specializes in the development, production, modernization and repair of amphibious aircraft and special aviation complexes.
It is planned for the IL-80 to be replaced by a more modern aircraft soon.
Spacious, protected, high-tech – in the near future, the Armed Forces will receive new air command posts based on the long-haul Il-96-400M command aircraft.
In the event of the outbreak of the third world war, it is from the board of the “flying headquarters” that the country’s top military and political leadership will organize defense and command troops on the ground, at sea and in the air. Today only Russia and the United States have aircraft of this class.
Relations between the nuclear powers have escalated in recent years.
The diplomats reached a dead end, the sides recalled the ambassadors. The armed forces are brought to maximum readiness. Strategic bombers take off, nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines go into the ocean, mobile ground-based missile systems are deployed on combat patrol routes.
Fearmongering regarding the “Third World War” is frequent.
This is, however, mostly fantasy, luckily.
Both Russia and the United States are well aware that a full-scale war can quickly develop into a nuclear one and lead to tens of millions of victims.
However, the military is always preparing for the worst. Both sides assume that the first blow in such a conflict will decapitate the enemy, deprive him of the ability to control troops and organize any resistance. The main target is military and political centers.
During a period of escalation, the Russian leadership and the highest command personnel of the Armed Forces will be transported under strict secrecy to a military airfield, where winged command posts will await them. The main task of the crews of “doomsday planes” is to get the top officials of the state out of the attack and give them the opportunity to control the country’s defense from the air. The combat stability of these command posts is ensured by escort fighters and tankers. A similar tactic was developed in the United States during the Cold War.
It should be reminded that despite being called “Doomsday planes”, they are still, regardless, simply a piece of technology which is not inoculated against the actions of animals and human impunity. Back in 2019, the US Doomsday plane was grounded by a bird that got inside one of its outer engines.
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