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Russia’s “Doomsday Plane” was strangely stolen, which may lead to “highly confidential information leakage”

Russia's "Doomsday Plane" was strangely stolen, which may lead to "highly confidential information leakage"

Alexei Kudrin, Auditor General of the Russian Federation

In the past two days, the Russian side is strictly investigating a strange theft, which is the equipment on one of the most confidential Russian “doomsday aircraft”. Russian experts worry that theft of equipment may lead to “highly confidential information leakage”.

According to a report by Russian State Radio on December 9, the radio equipment of a Russian Air Force Ilyushin-80 special command aircraft was stolen. The theft occurred at an airport in the southwest Russian city of Taganrog, where the stolen Ilyush-80 was previously repaired.

Police have received reports that 39 radio equipment were stolen on the Ilyushin Ilyushin. It is worth noting that the Il-80 can act as an air command post in the event of nuclear war to ensure effective command of the troops, so it is known as the “Doomsday Aircraft”. At present, the Russian side has launched an investigation into the theft, and 12 people have been questioned, including aviation mechanics, engineers and security personnel.

Tass Military Observer Litovkin: Thieves are for precious metals in aircraft radio equipment and data transmission systems and other equipment, but what extent is this theft? Are they just ordinary thieves, or do they act on someone’s instructions and intend to sell something to foreign interests? This is a big problem.

Russian media said that criminals are very likely to find important information such as how the Russian army contacted the army in the event of a nuclear war from these equipment. At present, the possibility of foreign intelligence agencies committing crimes cannot be ruled out. The aircraft that was stolen this time is one of the four Ilyush-80 “Doomsday Aircraft” in active service of the Russian army.

The Ilyushin Il-80 was converted from the Ilyushin Ilyushin-86 passenger aircraft and opened in 1987. It is currently the highest level of air combat command aircraft in Russia. In the event of a nuclear war or serious conflict, the aircraft will act as the “Kremlin in the air” to guarantee the command of the Russian President and senior military leaders from the air.

According to a Russian state television report on December 9, an Ilyushin-80 special command aircraft of the Russian Air Force was stolen while undergoing repair at an airport in the southwest city of Taganrog.

The Russian Ministry of the Interior has raised doubts about the staff of the airport, and 12 people have been interrogated, including the Minister of Technical Maintenance, engineers, aeronautical mechanics, security personnel, etc. Russian media said that when the investigators inspected the fuselage, they found that the cargo hatch of the plane had been damaged, and about 39 devices and 5 radio circuit boards on the plane disappeared.

Russian military expert Leonkov said: “Maybe someone has found a way to get the key and open the cargo door from the outside. This group understands the layout of the factory and the security of the factory.”

or cause “highly confidential information leakage”

The possibility of foreign intelligence agencies not is ruled out.

Because the lost circuit board contains a lot of precious metals, some analysts say that the thieves may have taken risks for precious metals. Some Russian experts believe that this is a dangerous accident and may lead to “highly confidential information leakage”.

Russian media said that criminals are very likely to find important information such as how the Russian army contacts its troops in the event of a nuclear war from these equipment. At present, the possibility of foreign intelligence agencies cannot be ruled out.

Litovkin, a military observer of Russia’s Tass, said: “The extent of theft, but it is a big problem that ordinary thieves still have instructions to act and intend to sell something to foreign stakeholders. “

If war breaks out, the “Doomsday Plane” will act as the “Kremlin in the air”

The aircraft that was stolen this time is one of the four Ilyush-80 “Doomsday Aircraft” in active service of the Russian army. The Il-80, which was modified by the Ilyush-86 passenger plane and opened in 1987, is currently the highest-level national air combat command aircraft in Russia. In the event of a nuclear war or serious conflict, it will act as the “air Kremlin” to ensure that the Russian President and senior military leaders can command operations from the air. .

In fact, “Doomsday aircraft” is a popular saying, which is a special product of the nuclear arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War. At present, the United States and Russia are upgrading their “doomsday aircraft”.

In an October report this year, OTA revealed that the new generation of Russian “Doomsday Aircraft” will be designed and developed on the basis of the Il-96-400M long-range wide-body passenger plane, and the new model will greatly extend the lag time of the “Doomsday Aircraft” and increase its combat radius.

The “Doomsday Aircraft” of the United States, known as the “National Air Operations Center”, code-named E-4B. They can fly up to 35 hours without accepting aerial refueling.

At the same time, it also has radiation protection capabilities and unique fire extinguishing systems to deal with enemy attacks and accidents.

During the war, the E-4B was mainly used to replace the command and control function after the attack and destruction of the National Military Command Center at the Pentagon.

At present, the United States is equipped with a total of four E-4Bs, one of which remains operationally ready and can be launched within five minutes after receiving orders.

The standard configuration of 112 on board can accommodate senior military and political leaders such as the President of the United States, the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other senior military and political leaders to carry out emergency command.

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