أوكرانيا تسقط طائرات روسية ثمينة infographic
Graphic shows specifications of the Beriev A-50 and the Ilyushin Il-22 aircraft.
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أوكرانيا تسقط طائرات روسية ثمينة

By Jordi Bou

January 17, 2024 - فقدان طائرتين حيويتين تستخدمهما موسكو لتنسيق العمليات البرية في أوكرانيا يمثل ضربة كبيرة للقوة الجوية الروسية، في ظل وجود عدد محدود فقط من هذا النوع من الطائرات في الخدمة.

On January 14, Ukraine’s military shot down Beriev A-50 radar early-warning plane and an Ilyushin Il-22 airborne command post, in Kyiv’s most successful attack on Kremlin aircraft since the start of Putin’s full invasion of Ukraine.

Ukrainian defence sources said the A-50 was shot down shortly after take-off near Kyrylivka, a coastal town on the northern coast of the Above Sea in the occupied region of Zaporizhya, at 9:10pm local time. Around the same time, the Il-22 airborne command post was struck and damaged.

The sophisticated surveillance planes are key to Russia’s co-ordination of ground operations.

London-based think tank IISS said in a 2021 report that Russia had only nine A-50 aircraft in operation, including four modernised A-50U planes.

Less than a dozen Il-22M are reportedly in service with the Russian Air Force.

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PUBLISHED: 17/01/2024; STORY: Graphic News
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