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Russian Military Get Customized Il-96-400 ‘Doomsday Plane’

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The Russian Defense Ministry has received a customized airborne command system Il-96-400, also known as the ‘doomsday plane’, by Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC).

Russian Military Get Customized Il-96-400 ‘Doomsday Plane’

Photo: Sputnik / Alexander Polyakov

The Russian Defense Ministry has received a customized airborne command system Il-96-400, also known as the ‘doomsday plane’, by Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), the Ilyushin aircraft manufacturer announced.

The base of the new third-generation airborne command post is the Russia-made long-haul wide-fuselage passenger airliner Il-96-300, which can carry up to 300 people.

According to the Monday’s statement, “the Il-96-400 plane went into service under the contract with the Russian Defense Ministry. The specially-equipped aircraft was built by the Voronezh Joint Stock Aircraft Company.”

The new plane is equipped with advanced avionics and four powerful engines. Its weight is 270 tones, while a maximum flight range is 7,500 miles.

Late in 2015, a second-generation ‘doomsday plane’, based on an Ilyushin Il-80 aircraft, has already been handed over to the Russian military.

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