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Fri Feb 23, 2024, 05:34 PM Feb 23

Ukraine Shoots Down Second Highly Advanced Russian A-50 Spy Plane [View all]

Source: Newsweek

The Ukrainian Air Force said its fighters on Friday shot down a Russian A-50 military spy plane, the second of the prized aircraft that Kyiv has claimed to destroy this year.

The Beriev A-50 is an airborne early warning and control jet used by Russia to help monitor Ukraine's air defenses. The aircraft typically fly with a crew of up to 15 personnel and are estimated to cost over $300 million to produce.

According to Russian and Ukrainian reports, an A-50 was brought down over the Sea of Azov late Friday. Kyiv officials took credit for the jet's destruction, although some Russian military bloggers said it was brought down by "friendly fire."

Ukraine's Air Force commander, Lieutenant General Mykola Oleshchuk, announced the downing of the A-50 in a post to Telegram, and thanked Kyiv's military intelligence "and all those who ensured the result." Oleksandr Syrsky, the recently appointed commander in chief of Ukraine's Armed Forces, said on Facebook that the "Destruction of Russian aircraft and enemies is a great honor."

Read more: https://www.newsweek.com/ukraine-shoots-down-second-highly-advanced-russian-50-spy-plane-1872986

$330 million A-50 AWAC aircraft!

Other reports say this happened over Krasnodar Krai, so inside Russia.

If the Ukrainians are using missiles, then I say it's time to sink the Kerch Bridge.

Sink! That! Bridge! Sink! That! Bridge! Sink! That! Bridge!
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Slava Ukraina! Wicked Blue Feb 23 #1
Only 6 were thought to be on active status getagrip_already Feb 23 #2
$350 million dollar aircraft. Ouch. Irish_Dem Feb 23 #3
In the US, perhaps. Igel Feb 23 #8
It also cuts into the corrupt Russian generals' profit margin? Irish_Dem Feb 23 #17
Usually people "accidentally" fall out of Russian windows. In this case, the whole plane did? Wonder Why Feb 23 #15
Yes Russian Air Force general tells Putin: plane fell out of window. Irish_Dem Feb 23 #19
Nice Shot, Man orangecrush Feb 23 #4
Ugh. Ugly video. Marcus IM Feb 23 #5
The Bear isn't at the door orangecrush Feb 23 #11
So I guess small villages/villagers who did nothing to harm America getting bombed and napalmed didn't work. Marcus IM Feb 23 #12
Please reveal your source orangecrush Feb 23 #13
Source for what? Marcus IM Feb 23 #18
Civilians orangecrush Feb 23 #21
What does 2,000,000 Vietnamese civilian deaths have to do with it? Marcus IM Feb 23 #22
I believe the point of his comment blue-wave Feb 24 #24
OK. The point of my comment was that the video is ugly. Marcus IM Feb 24 #26
Still wondering how many of the 2,000,000 blue-wave Feb 24 #38
Sorry, I'm playing hardball orangecrush Feb 24 #29
We never invaded N Vietnam. The South wanted our help; we didnt "invade' oldsoftie Feb 24 #34
The south Vietnamese government was a puppet government. ForgoTheConsequence Feb 24 #36
So the South actually WANTED to become communist & didnt want our help. OK oldsoftie Feb 25 #42
Yes. Aristus Feb 25 #44
Years earlier I would agree; once again the French are to blame! oldsoftie Feb 25 #45
On that, we agree. Aristus Feb 25 #47
The VC used civilians back then much like Hamas does today. oldsoftie Feb 24 #33
F4 was my favorite jet till the A10 came on scene. oldsoftie Feb 24 #32
They are orangecrush Feb 24 #41
a shot in the arm NJCher Feb 23 #6
You wonder if, as when the airplane was plummeting into the sea, if the crew members were Chainfire Feb 23 #7
Somebody used to bullseye womp rats in their T-16s back home. tanyev Feb 23 #9
Sharp shooting. Aristus Feb 23 #10
Shame on you both, and Luke too! Hieronymus Phact Feb 25 #43
Friendly fire? That's your story? TomSlick Feb 23 #14
Regardless of the root cause... Layzeebeaver Feb 24 #27
Too bad it wasn't the one Vlad was in yesterday. Hassler Feb 23 #16
That will be a glorious day that Ukraine blows up a Blackjack bomber Kennah Feb 24 #25
If it was by friendly fire.... How would Russian citizens and especially military grunts take it? LiberalFighter Feb 23 #20
The Russians keep shooting down their own planes. COL Mustard Feb 23 #23
I guess that put a dent in any plans Vlad might have had for taking a pot shot at the leaders gathering in Kyiv Emrys Feb 24 #28
Careless Russian smokers orangecrush Feb 24 #40
Too bad. The A-50 AWAC aircraft are not just the only significant loss, the trained personnel operating the craft SWBTATTReg Feb 24 #30
I think that leaves them with 5. nt oldsoftie Feb 24 #31
What an A-50 is jmowreader Feb 24 #35
Easy if you can get close enough Red Mountain Feb 24 #37
The Ukrainian Patriots have 90 mile range EX500rider Feb 24 #39
Heard a report the an RU air defense crew has been arrested Kaleva Feb 25 #46
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