Ukrainian Air Force claims to have shot down a Russian A-50 radar jet and an IL-22 aircraft on January 14, 2024, over the Sea of Azov. Online sources had circulated the news before any official confirmation. According to Ukrainian media, the A-50 disappeared from radars, and the IL-22 attempted to land in Anapa. If confirmed, the loss of both aircraft would be a significant blow to the Russian Aerospace Forces. The A-50 is an airborne early warning and control aircraft, while the IL-22 is an airborne command post. The incident marks a success for the Ukrainian Air Force’s anti-access air defenses.
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Introducing the Mainstay – the Russian Aerospace Forces’ crucial asset in long-range radar detection and surveillance roles. Potential adversaries face a major hurdle in the form of this Airborne Early Earning and Control aircraft. In a dual takedown that could be a significant blow to the Russian Aerospace Forces, Ukraine has announced the downing of a Russian A-50 radar jet and an IL-22 in the skies over the Sea of Azov. As the dust settles, the question remains: has this heroic show of force by the Ukrainian Air Force truly taken out these formidable Russian assets?
Update on the faceoff between Ukrainian and Russian forces: a new development, a shot of the damaged Il-22, and a twist in the tale. It’s a thrilling challenge at the forefront of the skies.
Fun fact: The Beriev A-50 Mainstay can spot adversary aircraft at longer ranges because its altitude allows it to see further around the curvature of the earth.
Fun fact: The Il-22M11 Bison (Coot-B) is an airborne command post. Less than a dozen Il-22M11 are reportedly in service with the Russian Air Force.
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