What is the “doomsday” plane that Putin flies in Moscow?

Russia – after “Satan-2”, “the level of the end of the world”. Russia’s communications war is still in full swing alongside the war in Ukraine. Especially with the approach of May 9, the date on which the Kremlin celebrates the victory over Nazi Germany in 1945. Indeed, according to Ukrainian intelligence, Moscow is preparing for a military parade in the long besieged port of Mariupol for this symbolic date.

And it seems that on this occasion, Vladimir Putin is planning to draw a very special aircraft: the Ilyushin II-80, a giant aircraft resembling a flying fortress. according to Le FigaroMuscovites were able to watch the passage of this military aircraft, nicknamed “Plane of the Apocalypse” or “Plane of the Last Judgment”, on Wednesday, May 4 in the morning. A training trip as part of the rehearsal for the Victory Parade that will take place in Red Square.

We tell you more about this machine that is considered the most strategic aircraft of the Russian army, which was produced in four copies at the end of the 80s.

Flying castle is working fine

According to NATO, this Ilyushin II-80 that Moscow has just withdrawn from its reserve will have the codename Maxdom. Far from being modern, it comes from the Cold War and is intended to serve as a command and protection base for senior Kremlin officials in the event of a nuclear attack. For this purpose, the aircraft was modified, the main chassis of which is an Ilyushin II-86 civilian airliner.

This mastodon is sixty meters long and 48 meters wide and operates with four reactors. It has a special armor and has no hatch hatch, except for the cockpit. A feature intended to protect passengers from the consequences of a nuclear explosion, in particular a thermal flash, and to preserve the functionality of the aircraft’s radio systems, as the specialized media explains Futura Tech.

The aircraft has only one gate, and the hump above the cabin contains satellite communications equipment and radio links. To accomplish its task, it is assumed that this device will be able to fly for several days without landing, thanks to the refueling on board. The plane is also nicknamed the “Flying Kremlin” and is unarmed. During the parade, he will be escorted by two Mig-29s and TU-95MS and TU-160 long-range bombers will also follow.

The Threatened Existence of Ilyushin II-80

It should be noted that it is very rare to see this device in the air, since its last outing dates back to the parade of May 9, 2010. In the context of the war in Ukraine, its presence does not bode well and is synonymous with a threat from the Kremlin. Because it is from this flying monster that Vladimir Putin will direct operations in the event of a nuclear conflict. A threat that has been looming since the start of the invasion of Ukraine is gaining more weight a week after the test-firing of the RS-28 Sarmat missile, which the West renamed Satan-2.

Last August, as we mentioned Le FigaroRussia’s Minister of Industry and Trade, Denis Manturov, announced that Russia has begun developing a new aircraft, called the Zveno-3S, to replace the Ilyushin-80. Its construction was supposed to begin already in the workshops of the manufacturer, in Voronezh, in western Russia.

The United States and Russia, each plane has the end of the world

But Russia is not the only country that has equipped itself with this type of machine. Moreover, the title “Airplane of the Apocalypse” was given above all to an American aircraft: Boeing E-4B Noac “Doomsday”. This is based on the Boeing 747-200F and has the same characteristics as the Russian aircraft.

The United States has many “doomsday planes”. Like their Russian counterparts, they have the ability to withstand electromagnetic pulses and flight instruments used analog because they are less vulnerable to cyber attacks.

American or Russian, the information about these plane hideouts is carefully classified and preserved in order to avoid any sabotage and failure to operate them.

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