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DIU reveals what was used to shoot down the Russian A-50

What could have been used to shoot down the Russian A-50 aircraft

On the evening of February 23, an A-50 long-range radar detection and control aircraft was destroyed in the Krasnodar Territory of the Russian Federation. The valuable aircraft could have been destroyed by the S-200 anti-aircraft missile system.

The maximum range of the S-200 air defense system is 300 km. Sources told OBOZ.UA how the Russian A-50 was destroyed.

The enemy's A-50 long-range radar detection and control aircraft was shot down by the S-200 long-range anti-aircraft missile system. This is a Soviet air defense system that has undergone a number of significant changes and modernizations.

After the modernization, the S-200 gained a range of 300 km and became one of the most long-range air defense systems. According to Soviet engineers, the S-200 systems were supposed to shoot down American strategic bombers carrying nuclear weapons, while other targets, less visible and low-flying, were more difficult to shoot down.

By the way, there could have been 15 Russian occupants on board the downed A-50. According to open source data, the crew of this aircraft consists of 5 flight crew members and 10 radar operators.

DIU reveals what was used to shoot down the Russian A-50

On the evening of February 23, a Russian A-50U long-range radar detection and control aircraft was shot down over the Sea of Azov. The downed aircraft went down in the Krasnodar region of the Russian Federation. It was a joint operation of the Main Intelligence Directorate and the Air Force. Before the full-scale invasion, Russia had only nine such aircraft: three A-50s and six A-50Us.

A-50 and A-50U aircraft are used by the occupiers to detect and track air and surface targets and alert command posts of automated control systems of the armed forces about the air and surface situation. It can also be used to control fighter and strike aircraft when they are guided at air, land and sea targets, as well as serve as an air command post.

The A-50 airborne surveillance aircraft are very valuable to the Russians. They play the role of coordinators during massive shelling of Ukraine and are worth at least $330 million.

It was believed that these aircraft could not be shot down. However, the Ukrainian Defense Forces first shattered this stereotype on January 14, when they shot down two Russian occupation aircraft over the Sea of Azov. An A-50 long-range radar detection and control aircraft was shot down, and an Il-22 was damaged.

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