Russian Airborne Command Center To Be Ready For Ops By End 2015

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Russian Airborne Command Center To Be Ready For Ops By End 2015
Russian Strategic Command Center; Image by Russianplanes.net

Russia’s airborne strategic command center aboard an Ilyushin Il-80 aircraft has completed testing and will be ready for operations by the end of 2015, Russia’s United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation (UIMC) said.

The strategic command center is capable of maintaining full control over the country’s armed forces in the event of a global disaster or nuclear war, RT news channel quoting UIMC said.

The deployment of the airborne center is indispensable in situations when there is an absence of ground infrastructure, and in conditions where communications from ground facilities have been disrupted.

The new generation airborne command post has improved survivability, functionality and reliability, and the  electronics on board have reduced mass-dimensional characteristics and power consumption, its producer claims.

The Il-80 will carry senior officers, an operational team of staff officers, and a crew of technicians who maintain the aircraft’s special equipment.

The aircraft function is to serve as an airborne command and communications post, receiving communications from multiple posts such as aircraft, tanks an ground troops and guiding the battle from a safe distance.

Defenseworld.net comment: Had the Russian air force deployed the command center in Syria, it would have known well in advance the flight path of the Turkish F-16s and taken evasive action well before its Su-24 bomber was shot down.

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