A Belarusian opposition group destroyed a $300 million Russian spy plane

A Russian A-50U Beriev spy plane

According to reports from a Belarusian opposition groupa Russian spy planevalued at about $330 million, was destroyed in a drone strike near Minsk, the capital of Belarus.

Belarusian opposition members in exile said they destroyed in a secret mission a military spy planecalled A-50U of Vladimir Putin.

The operation would have been carried out with two unmanned aerial vehicles, which left the country, according to what he stated. Frank Viacorkaa close adviser to the opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya.

According to the report, both the front parts and the central part of the plane AWACS Beriev A-50Uand the radar antenna, were destroyed by the explosion.

The plane would have fallen at the air base of machulishchynearly minskaccording to the Belarusian anti-government organization BYPOL.

“The partisans… confirmed a successful special operation to blow up a rare Russian plane at the Machulishchy airfield near Minsk,” Viacorka posted on his Twitter account.

“This is the most successful diversion since the beginning of 2022,” he added.

The plane

The Beriev A-50 aircraft bears that name from a report by the NATO and has airborne command and control capabilities. It also has the ability to track up to 60 targets at a time.

The plane has a fiberglass dome more than 10 meters in diameter, which houses the rotating antenna of the complex of the shmel radar.

Russian spy plane
Russian spy plane

The long-range radar detection system has been used to identify bombing targets within Ukraine.

“I am proud of all Belarusians who continue to resist the hybrid Russian occupation of Belarus and fight for the freedom of Ukraine,” she wrote. Tsikhanouskaya on his Twitter account.

Residents of the area where the plane was reportedly crashed told police and security services that they were conducting a major search near machulishchi in the Minsk region.

There was also no confirmation from the Kremlin or from the Belarusian regime or its defense ministries.

However, a local resident said he told the Daily Mail that “half of Machulishchi is cordoned off. Lots of soldiers everywhere. We saw five military vehicles with machine guns. They are stopping all the cars and minibuses there, checking suitcases and trunks”.

Russian weapons in Belarus

Russia has supplied Belarus with Iskander tactical missile systems, S-400 air defense systems and close to a million projectiles of various calibers, the Belarusian dictator declared, Alexander Lukashenkoin a meeting on arms acquisition.

“In order to equip the Belarusian part of the regional grouping of forces (of Belarus and Russia), the Russian side supplied us with operational-tactical systems of Iskander missiles with a sufficient reserve of rockets,” the president was quoted as saying by the official Belarusian news agency. BELTA.

Vladimir Putin shakes hands with the Belarusian dictator, Alexandr Lukashenko (Reuters)
Vladimir Putin shakes hands with the Belarusian dictator, Alexandr Lukashenko (Reuters) (SPUTNIK /)

lukashenkoPutin’s main ally in his war against UkraineHe added that Russia also supplied “S-400 long-range air defense systems.”

Lukashenko noted that domestic companies supplied the Army with more than 500 units of innovative military equipment last year.

However, he expressed his disagreement with the development of assault drones, noting that they are “low level”.

“In developing the production of drones, we pay great attention to measures to respond to these types of weapons. The radio-electronic systems developed by Belarusian specialists are in great demand, ”he said.

Lukashenko stated that Belarus “created a robotic system that combines both the means of detection and the destruction of air targets.”

(With information from EFE)

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