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New tasks for the Tu-214ON observation aircraft

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Tu-214ON, number 64525, is the second aircraft of this type. Photo Wikimedia Commons


To perform observation flights under the Open Skies Treaty (OON), a small fleet of specially equipped aircraft was created in our country. The newest examples of this kind were two Tu-214ON vehicles, built in 2011-13. In connection with the withdrawal of Russia from the Don, the further fate of the observation aircraft could be called into question, but they have already found a new role.

Short exploitation


By the early tenths, the Russian aviation the detachment for performing flights along the DON included relatively old Tu-154M LK-1 and An-30B aircraft with aerial cameras and some other equipment. In the 214s, the development of a new aircraft with more advanced surveillance equipment began. The Tu-XNUMX airliner was taken as the basis for it, and the Vega concern was entrusted with the development of the Open Sky Air Surveillance System (ASN OH). Also known is the designation "Airborne Observation Equipment Complex" (BKAN).

The first Tu-214ON (board number 64519) took off in the summer of 2011, and the second (w / n 64525) went out for testing at the very end of 2013. It was assumed that these aircraft will be used to inspect facilities in the United States. European facilities, in turn, were planned to be checked using old technology. However, such plans were not immediately fulfilled.


Tu-214ON in the air. Photo "Tupolev"

For several years, the Tu-214ON could not start flying: the American side refused to certify such equipment to work on its territory. Washington suspected that the new Russian aircraft did not meet the required characteristics and had "undocumented reconnaissance capabilities."

International certification of a new type was carried out in September 2018. Then it was possible to obtain a permit for flights from two dozen countries, incl. from the USA. Thanks to this, from April 25 to April 27, 2019, Tu-214ON, w / n 64525, was able to perform the first flights over American territory. During this inspection, military bases, factories and landfills in the states of Texas, New Mexico and Colorado were checked.

The first series of flights was the last. Just a few months after it, the United States began to look for reasons to withdraw from the Don. In May 2020, Washington formally announced such a decision, and on November 22 withdrew from the agreement. Accordingly, new flights of Tu-214ON or similar equipment from other countries over American territory are now impossible.


The first aircraft of its type. Photo "Tupolev"

On January 15, responding to the actions of the United States, Russia also began procedures to withdraw from the Don. All the necessary measures will be completed in the near future, and plans for new flights of Russian aircraft over foreign objects have already been canceled. Thus, the short-lived operation of the Tu-214ON in its original role has been completed and, most likely, will not resume.

Modernization potential


On February 19, the Rostec press service revealed interesting information about the possible future of the existing Tu-214ON. Concern "Vega", which has developed the ASN ON / BKAN complex, is ready to modernize it to obtain new functions and capabilities. After this modification, the observation aircraft can be used in the military and civilian spheres.

The Vega leadership claims that the Tu-214ON in a modified version will be able to solve a number of tasks in the interests of the Ministry of Defense. It can be converted into a reconnaissance aircraft with the ability to collect data in different spectra. Also, this aircraft can be used to control the security of objects of the armed forces, to monitor army exercises or as part of tests of various weapons or equipment. The Border Guard Service will be able to use surveillance aircraft to patrol border areas.


It differs from the serial Tu-214ON only in a few fairings on the bottom. Photo "Tupolev"

With the help of the modernized Tu-214ON, it is possible to carry out mapping or data collection about the current situation, for example, about ice conditions. Such an aircraft can interest the Ministry of Emergency Situations and other non-military structures.

Vega argues that the BCAN system is made according to the principles of an open architecture, which simplifies its modernization or restructuring for different tasks. Thus, two Tu-214ONs have the widest opportunities and prospects. The methods and terms of their implementation directly depend on the wishes and plans of customers.

In a new role


On March 4, Tu-214ON, number 64519, took off from the airfield in Taganrog, passed along the coast of the Azov Sea and flew around the Crimea perimeter. Then he headed for Anapa, where he performed a number of maneuvers and then flew to Novorossiysk. After several hours of such a flight, the plane returned to Taganrog. The flight was carried out with the transponder turned on, and users of tracking services could watch it in real time.


Camera portholes on the bottom of the aircraft. Photo Bastion-karpenko.ru

Later, the details of this flight became known. As reported by RIA News On March 6, Tu-214ON made a flight in the interests of the Ministry of Defense. The plane checked the security and camouflage of military installations along the route. In particular, they checked the Sevastopol and Novorossiysk naval bases. In addition, the Tu-214ON became a conditional air target, on which the air defense system crews worked out their skills.

The RIA Novosti source also claims that other, unnamed tasks were solved during the flight. In addition, during the event, it was possible to assess the potential of the Tu-214ON onboard equipment in the context of the typical tasks of the armed forces. Now the military will have to analyze the results of the flight and make a decision on the launch of the aircraft operation or on the need for its modernization.

According to open services, flights were carried out later. For example, on the morning of March 23, aircraft w / n 64519 flew from the Chkalovsky airfield to Kubinka, and from there went to Taganrog. Probably, in the coming days, there will be new messages about his "reconnaissance" flights with one purpose or another.

Basic configuration


At its core, the Tu-214ON is a reconnaissance aircraft carrying optical-electronic and radio-technical means of collecting information. According to DON, the performance of such equipment is limited. Thanks to this, the aircraft cannot collect unnecessarily detailed information and does not threaten the security of the countries participating in the treaty.


One of the equipment blocks. Photo Bastion-karpenko.ru

According to open data, the BKAN complex includes a set of optical-electronic devices of various kinds, a radar complex and a central computer complex with automated workstations. The equipment is controlled by a crew of five people: this is the senior flight representative, as well as the operators of the aerial photographic complex, infrared equipment, television cameras and radar.

Target equipment is located on the lower deck, incl. under the protruding fairings. The aircraft is equipped with a side-looking radar "Ronsard" with a swath of up to 25 km and a field of view of 50 km. Collection and recording of data for subsequent processing is provided. Radar resolution is limited to 3 m.

Installed three digital aerial cameras, one planned and two prospective. Initially, the Tu-214ON were equipped with foreign cameras, then modernization was carried out using similar domestic equipment. For heights up to 1000 m, one planned and two perspective television cameras are intended. The daytime equipment is supplemented with an infrared system. In accordance with DON, the resolution of optics is limited to 30 cm, and of IR equipment - 50 cm.


Crew workplaces. Photo Bastion-karpenko.ru

BKAN / ASN ON allows observation in daylight and dark hours of the day in any weather conditions. All available devices can be used under favorable conditions; in other situations, the crew must use thermal imaging or radar equipment.

Tu-214ON is operated together with the COEN-214 ground equipment complex. It includes a data preparation workstation with software, document printing tools, training tools, etc. After the flight, data from the on-board computer are transmitted to COEN-214 for the subsequent preparation of documents.

Tasks old and new


Two Tu-214ON aircraft were created and built to solve a specific task aimed at ensuring transparency and improving international relations. The deterioration of the military-political situation no longer allows these vehicles to perform their original tasks, but they do not remain without work. One of the planes now simulates enemy reconnaissance and tries to identify unmasked objects of the army.

New tasks for the Tu-214ON observation aircraft

"Reconnaissance" flight on March 4th. Flightradar24.com data

The possibility of modernization in order to obtain certain characteristics or new capabilities, depending on the customer's requirements, was announced. More complete compliance with the wishes of the military department or other structures will lead to more active use of aircraft in various fields. The flights observed now from the Moscow region to places of work will become familiar and routine.

Thus, a very interesting situation is developing around the Tu-214ON. The specialized aircraft can no longer perform the mission for which it was created. However, the impossibility of new flights over the United States does not interfere with working in Russian airspace. And it is already clear that such operation of the Tu-214ON will be long-term and useful in all respects. Perhaps even more important than the Open Skies Treaty.
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  1. Kote Pan Kokhanka
    Kote Pan Kokhanka 24 March 2021 04: 43
    +1
    Interesting car.
    I hope ours will show firmness with the countries of Europe and leave the Don after the United States.
    1. Hunter 2
      Hunter 2 24 March 2021 05: 38
      +3
      Greetings Vlad hi If there is a reconnaissance aircraft, there will definitely be tasks for it! Nice car, I read an article about it ... of course only the one that is not a "secret".
  2. Lech from Android.
    Lech from Android. 24 March 2021 05: 21
    -2
    What prevents from replacing the old equipment with a more advanced one in the interests of reconnaissance of NATO air defense capabilities in Europe ... and making exactly the same overflights of air defense lines as the P-8A Poseidon do.

    1. ramzay21
      ramzay21 24 March 2021 06: 00
      +2
      Poseidon is an PLO plane, we need these too
    2. Monar
      Monar 24 March 2021 17: 25
      +1
      Yes, nothing interferes. Apart from the fact that it is actually the entire board to be remodeled. All equipment of the Tu-214ON is sharpened for direct observation. Including cameras.
      Can you imagine the task of making an analogue of the P-8A Poseidon of them?
      1. ramzay21
        ramzay21 24 March 2021 19: 52
        0
        We need a new PLO aircraft, especially an analogue of Poseidon, capable of detecting submarines without hydroacoustics, which negates the advantages of the 4th generation of nuclear submarines. And it is better to make it from Tu 204, the more that already exist and are produced than from the archaic Il 18.
        1. Monar
          Monar 27 March 2021 07: 47
          0
          Needed. I really need it. But you don't need to touch these sides. Two aircraft will not solve the problem of the fleet. And "cutting" unique piece products is stupid.
          1. ramzay21
            ramzay21 27 March 2021 18: 11
            -1
            In addition to these two, there are two dozen more practically free planes in storage. And this plane is being produced. In terms of economy, there is no better option. And what do you suggest?
            1. Monar
              Monar 28 March 2021 06: 33
              0
              Well, from these "free" two dozen and create. Complete. Specialized for the fleet. With its specific goals and objectives.
              To do something new and necessary, without breaking what is already there.
  3. ramzay21
    ramzay21 24 March 2021 05: 59
    -2
    The most rational use of this aircraft is its conversion into an AWACS aircraft, with which we have a huge problem, and there is no need to spend money on the aircraft itself.
    1. Flooding
      Flooding 24 March 2021 06: 38
      +5
      Quote: ramzay21
      The most rational use of this aircraft is its conversion into an AWACS aircraft, with which we have a huge problem, and there is no need to spend money on the aircraft itself.

      Shovel fully electronic stuffing of the plane?
      Retrofit for northern latitudes and send to fly to the Arctic.
    2. Vladimir_2U
      Vladimir_2U 24 March 2021 07: 19
      +1
      Quote: ramzay21
      this is its conversion into an AWACS aircraft

      Quote: Flood
      Shovel fully electronic stuffing of the plane?
      Yes, there and with the antenna problems will become sickly.
      1. ramzay21
        ramzay21 24 March 2021 19: 46
        -1
        Yes, there and with the antenna problems will become sickly.

        What are the problems with the antenna?
        1. Vladimir_2U
          Vladimir_2U 25 March 2021 03: 09
          0
          Quote: ramzay21
          What are the problems with the antenna?

          If you are talking about an antenna for the A-100, then it is too big for the Tu-204, and it’s easy to develop a new one for a single aircraft, mmm, it’s unwise!
          1. ramzay21
            ramzay21 27 March 2021 20: 40
            -1
            If you are talking about an antenna for the A-100, then it is too big for the Tu-204, and it’s easy to develop a new one for a single aircraft, mmm, it’s unwise!

            Converting an antenna from A100 to Tu 204 costs incomparably cheaper than buying two dozen aircraft. And the operation of the twin-engine Tu 204 will cost several times cheaper than the Il 76 with four exactly such engines. And all the more so since the new Il 76 MD-90A is now all leaving for VTA, and the Tu 204 is ready to continue production and there are no orders for it.
            1. Vladimir_2U
              Vladimir_2U 28 March 2021 11: 57
              0
              Quote: ramzay21
              Converting an antenna from A100 to Tu 204 costs incomparably cheaper than buying two dozen aircraft
              Of course, a series would be beneficial, but you do not take into account either the weight of the antenna, or the weight of the equipment and generators for it. Well, the fuselage of Tu-204 is too elegant, in my opinion, thin is shorter, plus two engines will pull this antenna calmly, but if one fails, it will definitely not take out the remaining one, here aerodynamics against two motors. It's my opinion.
              1. ramzay21
                ramzay21 28 March 2021 19: 59
                -1
                There are also much smaller AWACS aircraft. The American E2 with a plate on the roof is many times smaller than the Tu 204.
                Tu 204 can continue flying and even take off on one engine, in addition, it is one of the few aircraft that landed with completely inoperative engines.
                1. Vladimir_2U
                  Vladimir_2U 29 March 2021 03: 09
                  0
                  Quote: ramzay21
                  The American E2 with a plate on the roof is many times smaller than the Tu 204.
                  That's just the Hokai's plate is as many times smaller, you don't suggest putting it on, namely from the A-100, right?

                  Quote: ramzay21
                  Tu 204 can continue flying and even take off on one engine, in addition, it is one of the few aircraft that landed with completely inoperative engines.
                  Flying on one engine is a normal situation for most classmates, but with an aerodynamic brake in the form of a 15 m disc, it is very doubtful.
                  1. ramzay21
                    ramzay21 29 March 2021 07: 28
                    -1
                    That's just the Hokai's plate is as many times smaller, you don't suggest putting it on, namely from the A-100, right?

                    I brought this example to show that the problem is solvable, you said that the fuselage is narrow on the Tu 204, on the E2 it is still narrower, but the Americans stuck a saucer on it 50 years ago.
                    Flying on one engine is a normal situation for most classmates, but with an aerodynamic brake in the form of a 15 m disc, it is very doubtful.

                    More like an additional wing and not a brake. In any case, the same twin-engine Boeing 767, Boeing 737 and the same Hokkai fly with the same disc, so this is not a problem.
                    1. Vladimir_2U
                      Vladimir_2U 29 March 2021 08: 20
                      0
                      Quote: ramzay21
                      I brought this example to show that the problem can be solved, you said that the fuselage is narrow on the Tu 204, on the E2
                      Do not forget about the difference in the element base, and the capabilities of the antenna itself, they are much more modest in Hawkeye.

                      Quote: ramzay21
                      More like an additional wing and not a brake. In any case, the same twin-engine Boeing 767, Boeing 737 fly with the same disc.
                      No, the antenna has a near-zero lift, in contrast to the resistance. And even the Sentry Antenna is less than that of the A-100.
                      I am not against the Tu-204 as an AWACS aircraft, but it will not pull the antenna and A-100 equipment.
                      1. ramzay21
                        ramzay21 29 March 2021 08: 31
                        -1
                        Do not forget about the difference in the element base, and the capabilities of the antenna itself, they are much more modest in Hawkeye.

                        An airplane the size of a Tu 204 is all right with that.
                        No, the antenna has a near-zero lift, in contrast to the resistance. And even the Sentry Antenna is less than that of the A-100.
                        I am not against the Tu-204 as an AWACS aircraft, but it will not pull the antenna and A-100 equipment.

                        We now have no AWACS aircraft at all. There is apparently no money for its creation either, and this is a critical element of modern intelligence and modern air force and modern navy. And Tu 204, despite the fact that there are two dozen ready-made aircraft, and the ability to build them more, this is the best option.
                        Making an antenna for him and supplying equipment from the A100 is more reasonable than waiting another twenty years for the A100 series.
    3. ccsr
      ccsr 24 March 2021 11: 59
      0
      Quote: ramzay21
      The most rational use of this aircraft is its conversion into an AWACS aircraft, with which we have a huge problem, and there is no need to spend money on the aircraft itself.

      Yes, there is completely different equipment, and it makes no sense to dismantle it in order to remake this aircraft for AWACS - this is just a stupid waste of funds.
      In fact, judging by the available open information, this aircraft is analogous to our Il-20M, but with some other reconnaissance equipment. Therefore, the most expedient would be the transfer of these two aircraft to the squadron of the OSNAZ brigade, with the subsequent re-equipment of the reconnaissance technique of individual development. Alternatively, it is possible to transfer them to the reconnaissance brigade of the Navy, but I'm afraid they are not ready for this now.
      The GRU General Staff will decide which brigade is better to transfer to the OSNAZ, but I think that it will be optimal in Smolensk, in order to always have it at hand, because it is most conveniently located in relation to Europe.
      1. ramzay21
        ramzay21 24 March 2021 19: 38
        -2
        Yes, there is completely different equipment, and it makes no sense to dismantle it in order to remake this aircraft for AWACS - this is just a stupid waste of funds.

        A stupid waste of funds is the purchase of new aircraft that do not exist, instead of taking the available two dozen ready-made and practically free aircraft, much more economical and with comparable characteristics, and supplying there the equipment developed for the A100, if any, and about its presence does not lie. The task of installing it in Tu 204 is difficult, but feasible. The only drawback is that corrupt officials from the defense industry will not be able to bite off a lot of money from there.
        1. ccsr
          ccsr 24 March 2021 19: 50
          0
          Quote: ramzay21
          and put there the equipment developed for the A100,

          Everything is clear with you - the A-100 plane has a completely different purpose, and the idea of ​​remaking the Tu-204 into it may come to a person who has a too primitive idea of ​​what it will result in.
          Quote: ramzay21
          The only drawback is that corrupt officials from the defense industry will not be able to bite off a lot of money from there.

          The only thing I can say about this is that your fantasies have nothing to do with reality.
          By the way, another author directly told you about this:
          Quote: bk0010
          AWACS will not fit there. And now there is nothing to stuff.
          1. ramzay21
            ramzay21 24 March 2021 20: 06
            -2
            Everything is clear with you - the A-100 plane has a completely different purpose, and the idea of ​​remaking the Tu-204 into it may come to a person who has a too primitive idea of ​​what it will result in.

            What other purpose? Flies back to front? Making A100 out of a cargo plane and installing a pressurized cabin in it, with all the related equipment, is difficult. Nobody except us went down this path.
            AWACS will not fit there. And now there is nothing to stuff.

            If you shove lamp monitors and computers of the 80s there, then of course it will not fit, but already a lot of free space appeared on the A50U. If there is nothing to stuff, what are you going to bet on the A100?
            1. Vladimir_2U
              Vladimir_2U 28 March 2021 12: 01
              0
              Quote: ramzay21
              install a sealed cabin in it

              In IL-76, the cargo compartment is normally sealed by a lowered pressure bulkhead, this is not a problem.
    4. bk0010
      bk0010 24 March 2021 13: 11
      +2
      Quote: ramzay21
      The most rational use of this aircraft is its conversion into an AWACS aircraft, with which we have a huge problem, and there is no need to spend money on the aircraft itself.
      AWACS will not fit there. And now there is nothing to stuff.
      1. ramzay21
        ramzay21 24 March 2021 19: 29
        0
        AWACS will not fit there. And now there is nothing to stuff.

        Now a smartphone does more operations than a 70s Kamaz-sized computer when the A50 was being developed. So everything will fit.
        There is the A100 project, but there is a problem with the Il 76 MD-90A airplanes, their production is stalled and they all go to VTA, which has not been updated for 30 years. And here there is a ready-made aircraft, much more economical and there are still two dozen of them in storage, you just need to install the equipment. Such an aircraft will cost several times cheaper than the planned A100, their operation will also be cheaper due to the fact that the Tu 204 has two engines, and the new Il 76MD-90A has four exactly the same. And most importantly, you don't have to wait until 2030 to start making them.
        1. bk0010
          bk0010 24 March 2021 19: 58
          +1
          Quote: ramzay21
          There is a project A100, only the problem with Il 76 MD-90A aircraft
          If. I read that the problem is that the A100 equipment fit into the Il-76 only when using imported components, which were covered in connection with the sanctions. And with our components, the A-100 could be made on the basis of Ruslan, but there are no new Ruslans either. So that
          Quote: ramzay21
          you just need to install the equipment
          it's not "only", it's serious.
          1. ramzay21
            ramzay21 25 March 2021 03: 24
            0
            If. I read that the problem is that the A100 equipment fit into the Il-76 only when using imported components, which were covered in connection with the sanctions. And with our components, the A-100 could be made on the basis of Ruslan, but there are no new Ruslans either. So that

            Already in A50U, after the replacement of equipment, there was a place for a buffet and lounges. And the A100 equipment is even more modern and compact.
  4. Ros 56
    Ros 56 24 March 2021 06: 52
    0
    A scout is always needed, this is an axiom, especially in modern conditions.
    1. ccsr
      ccsr 24 March 2021 19: 55
      +1
      Quote: Ros 56
      A scout is always needed, this is an axiom, especially in modern conditions.

      The fact of the matter is that in peacetime a reconnaissance aircraft provides much more information than any AWACS aircraft, but most do not even understand this. That is why it seems to them that the A-100 is cool, although any professional understands that in peacetime it is like a goat of milk, because it is a plane for war, and besides, it is too "glowing", so in military for a time it has limited use.
  5. Professor
    Professor 24 March 2021 07: 37
    -5
    Thus, two Tu-214ONs have the widest opportunities and prospects.

    No, they don't. All these functions have long been performed by UAVs with practically no restrictions on the range and duration of flights.
    1. APASUS
      APASUS 24 March 2021 13: 21
      +2
      Quote: Professor
      No, they don't. All these functions have long been performed by UAVs with practically no restrictions on the range and duration of flights.

      I see the Americans are not aware of your thoughts, Challenger does not refuse from their P-8A, EP-3E, RC-135 Strategic Scout and E-8C
      1. Professor
        Professor 24 March 2021 15: 13
        -1
        Quote: APASUS
        Quote: Professor
        No, they don't. All these functions have long been performed by UAVs with practically no restrictions on the range and duration of flights.

        I see the Americans are not aware of your thoughts, Challenger does not refuse from their P-8A, EP-3E, RC-135 Strategic Scout and E-8C

        Thoughts are not mine, and therefore the Americans are actively replacing manned reconnaissance vehicles with unmanned ones, gradually writing off the samples of the 1960s Boeing RC-135, Lockheed EP-3. But why did you bring the patrol Boeing P-8 Poseidon and the control plane E-8C here, I don’t understand?
        1. APASUS
          APASUS 24 March 2021 15: 47
          -3
          Quote: Professor
          You patrol Boeing P-8 Poseidon and the control plane E-8C dragged here, I don’t understand?

          There, like the MQ-4C Triton, it can easily play the role of the P-8 Poseidon
          E-8S is quite a normal system for observing targets and may well be replaced by a UAV
          E-8C JOINT STARS
          The Only Total Weapons System of Its Kind
          The Northrop Grumman E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System - known as Joint STARS - is the US Air Force's premier airborne C2ISR platform. The only total weapons system of its kind, Joint STARS has provided air-to-ground battle management C2 and surveillance operations to US combatant commands for more than 25 years in support of military operations, disaster relief, peacekeeping and counter-drug missions.

          https://www.northropgrumman.com/what-we-do/air/e8c-joint-stars/
          1. Professor
            Professor 24 March 2021 19: 57
            -1
            Quote: APASUS
            There, like the MQ-4C Triton, it can easily play the role of the P-8 Poseidon

            No, it cannot yet. Measurement of the magnetic field requires instrumentation of a certain size. You can't put a lot of buoys into this drone and it won't pull a torpedo.

            Quote: APASUS
            E-8S is quite a normal system for observing targets and may well be replaced by a UAV

            ..and battle control officers too?

            Quote: APASUS
            E-8C JOINT STARS
            The Only Total Weapons System of Its Kind
            The Northrop Grumman E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System - known as Joint STARS - is the US Air Force's premier airborne C2ISR platform. The only total weapons system of its kind, Joint STARS has provided air-to-ground battle management C2 and surveillance operations to US combatant commands for more than 25 years in support of military operations, disaster relief, peacekeeping and counter-drug missions.
    2. Ros 56
      Ros 56 25 March 2021 05: 28
      +1
      No UAV can ever compare to a reconnaissance aircraft due to its limited capabilities.
      1. Professor
        Professor 25 March 2021 07: 10
        -1
        Quote: Ros 56
        No UAV can ever compare to a reconnaissance aircraft due to its limited capabilities.

        And if it is the same reconnaissance aircraft, but without pilots? wink
        1. Ros 56
          Ros 56 25 March 2021 12: 41
          0
          Well, enough crap to do it. negative
          1. Professor
            Professor 25 March 2021 14: 21
            0
            Quote: Ros 56
            Well, enough crap to do it. negative

            Really. Why are they doing "crap"?


            https://www.aerospace-technology.com/projects/at200-cargo-unmanned-aerial-vehicle/

            https://newatlas.com/darpa-systems-sosite/36801/

  6. Zaurbek
    Zaurbek 24 March 2021 08: 08
    +2
    The car is good, I just wonder why the scouts do not make at least a dozen on the basis of the Tu204? This is naval reconnaissance and just long-range reconnaissance ..... where to get accurate information for the Iskander and the Kyrgyz Republic? The same EU to fly around on a regular basis, Turkey, Japan ...... lateral AFAR make it possible to "look" up to 300 km deep into the territory. Such scouts are constantly "grazing" around the Crimea. And the USA needs something based on the IL96. Although Tu204 based (Venezuela-Cuba-Nicaragua) could fly over the United States
  7. Monar
    Monar 24 March 2021 17: 31
    -2
    Personal opinion. Drive these two sides for conservation. Remembering to carry out R&D on this topic. Well, the Americans will not want to renew the contract in 2-3 years. Then decide.
    1. ccsr
      ccsr 24 March 2021 19: 58
      0
      Quote: Monar
      Personal opinion. Drive these two sides for conservation.

      Why on earth if we recently lost the Il-20M in Syria? They need to be chased right now into the tail and mane, especially since we have enough objects for reconnaissance.
      1. Monar
        Monar 28 March 2021 06: 27
        0
        Then only after modernization. DON still imposed (as far as I know) certain restrictions on the equipment used. Therefore, specially built aircraft were used.
  8. Diverter
    Diverter 24 March 2021 22: 29
    +3
    My deep couch opinion: slightly upgrade the equipment to the required level of a full-fledged scout. Then, to release several more scouts at the Tu 214 base, thus creating a squadron or regiment.
  9. Oleg Aviator
    Oleg Aviator 25 March 2021 02: 01
    +1
    The platform is good. It's time for a long time already on its base PLO and repeaters from the reconnaissance and do. Il18 is already yesterday.
  10. DWG1905
    DWG1905 25 March 2021 10: 52
    0
    Dear Kirill Ryabov! How long can you write a blizzard about the Tu-214ON? They threw out the Vegian BKAN long ago from the airplanes, there is completely different equipment. Before writing, you need to study the materiel. We have not yet withdrawn from the agreement and may not.