Ukraine Says It Has Shot Down Another Russian A-50U Mainstay | Aviation

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File photo of an A-50U (Image credit: In the boxes, a screenshot from one of the videos circulating online and a map posted on Telegram.

The Ukrainian Air Force has reportedly shot down another Russian A-50U over the Sea of Azov.

On Feb. 23, 2024, “as a result of a joint operation of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine and the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, another valuable Russian A-50U aircraft was shot down over the Sea of ​​Azov”.

Several videos have appeared on Telegram and then on X, showing the A-50, releasing flares and then being hit by a surface to air missile.

Other clips show the burning wreckage of the aircraft.

It’s not clear how the Ukrainian Air Force managed to hit the aircraft near Yeisk, situated on the shore of the Taganrog Gulf of the Sea of Azov; someone suggested the A-50U was victim to friendly fire.

The loss of one of the few A-50U, few weeks after another one was shot down, is huge: the Russian Aerospace Forces operate just a handful of such Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft whose unit price is around 350/400M USD. Moreover, Russia has lost two entire aircrews in little more than one month: replacing them in the short/mid-term is impossible and this is an even more significant blow.

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