Very valuable for the occupiers: what is the role in the war of the plane A-50, which was shot down over the Sea of Azov
The A-50 long-range radar detection and control aircraft, which the Ukrainian Air Force shot down over the Sea of Azov on January 14, is very valuable to the Russians. It works as a corrector during massive shelling of Ukraine and is worth at least $330 million.
But the modernized version is worth $500 million, and in this case, it could be the most expensive loss of a terrorist state in a full-scale war after the cruiser Moskva, which cost $750 million.
The A-50 is equipped with a radar system that can detect distant air targets, see launches of both cruise and ballistic missiles, and air defense operations. Russia has used this aircraft, in particular, to detect and combat Ukrainian air defense. In particular, it was used for this purpose during massive Russian missile attacks against Ukraine.
In addition to tracking air defense, the A-50 also monitored the locations of Ukrainian aircraft, mapped strategic defense targets, and adjusted missile strikes.
On the evening of January 14, monitoring channels reported the destruction of an A-50 over the Sea of Azov and damage to an Il-22. The network also published a radio interception of an Il-22 pilot trying to land in Anapa (Russia), asking for firefighters and an ambulance.
After these events, on the morning of January 15, the commander of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Mykola Oleshchuk, made an interesting hint with the words: "This is for you for Dnipro!".
Later, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Valerii Zaluzhnyi, confirmed that the Air Force had destroyed Russian A-50 and Il-22 aircraft in a well-planned and executed operation in the Azov Sea.
As OBOZ.UA reported, the same plane was hit on February 26, 2023, at the Machulishchi military airfield in Belarus. The front and center parts of the aircraft were damaged, as well as the avionics and radar antenna.
The attack was carried out by Belarusian partisans using two drones. The plane was an easy target due to its size. The organizers of the sabotage successfully escaped.