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"In the aircraft graveyard": the US Air Force decommissioning the entire fleet of the Open Skies Treaty

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The American Boeing OC-135B aircraft used for flights under the Open Skies Treaty (DON) will be decommissioned and sent to the "aircraft graveyard". It is reported by "Businessman" with reference to the press service of the US Air Force.


According to the newspaper, the DON aircraft fleet will be sent to the US Air Force Davis-Monten in Arizona, next to which is the "aircraft graveyard". In the future, it is planned to completely disassemble the aircraft with cutting for scrap.

The decision to write off two Boeing OC-135Bs was made due to the obsolescence of the aircraft and the inability to maintain them in a serviceable condition. According to the report, both aircraft were built in 1961-1962 and are almost the oldest in the US Air Force.

It was the frequent breakdowns of aircraft and the inability to perform flights in full that became one of the reasons for the US withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty. Repeated attempts to knock out funds for overhaul or replacement of aircraft did not bring success; against this background, Russia successfully modernized its DON aircraft.

Despite the cancellation of the planes in Washington, they do not exclude a return to the Treaty with the use of allied planes, but no specific dates are given. In turn, Moscow is ready to wait, but only until this summer, after which Russia will also leave the Open Skies Treaty.
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  1. Lech from Android.
    Lech from Android. April 6 2021 07: 37
    +12
    I don't see any point in the DON agreement.
    He did not add to the security of our country.
    1. paul3390
      paul3390 April 6 2021 07: 55
      +11
      As I understand it, the Don is more like a demonstration of trust during the times of our allegedly short friendship with NATO ... They say, they are not hiding anything from anyone. In today's conditions - a dense relic, for there is no trust for a long time. And when it was - exclusively from our side ..
      1. alexmach
        alexmach April 6 2021 09: 54
        0
        Well, after all, there is no way to track what is happening on enemy territory. This is especially important in Europe, for example.
        1. Piramidon
          Piramidon April 6 2021 10: 18
          +3
          Quote: alexmach
          Well, after all, there is no way to track what is happening on enemy territory. This is especially important in Europe, for example.

          DON flights are not intelligence. You can only track what is shown, not what you want to see.
          1. Mityasha
            Mityasha April 7 2021 05: 33
            0
            Just the same intelligence as well. When planning a mission, the areas are discussed, and there is what got into the lens request .
            1. Piramidon
              Piramidon April 7 2021 12: 34
              0
              Quote: Mityasha
              Just the same intelligence as well. When planning a mission, the areas are discussed, and there is what got into the lens request .

              On the other side, the same is not fools sitting and will not allow such a flight route so that something important gets into the lens.
              1. Mityasha
                Mityasha April 8 2021 04: 41
                0
                Believe me, it will be admitted that nuclear weapons are the object of close scrutiny and military facilities. Also, ground monitoring is carried out at strategic sites. This is the main goal that is successfully achieved by DON flights. Even monuments from large planes are described as a potential carrier (this surprised me most of all).
                request . [/ quote] so that something important gets into the lens. [/ quote]
                Therefore, both we and the member countries of the Donetsk State University pursue precisely these goals. The howl rose when our planes went digital, it expanded the possibilities ...
                Do you remember the Tu-154 flight over the White House not so long ago? Allowed?
      2. bk0010
        bk0010 April 6 2021 20: 53
        0
        Quote: paul3390
        As I understand it, the Don is more like a demonstration of trust during the times of our allegedly short friendship with NATO.
        This is one of the types of inspections of some kind of treaty, START-3, sort of.
        1. Mityasha
          Mityasha April 8 2021 04: 44
          0
          Think correctly, Comrade!
    2. yehat2
      yehat2 April 6 2021 15: 48
      0
      Quote: Lech from Android.
      He did not add to the security of our country

      it's hard to say who is more profitable
      but it seems to me that the work of the contract is beneficial
  2. Bshkaus
    Bshkaus April 6 2021 07: 40
    +2
    Well, the planes are constructively old, the same thing, if we still flew the Tu-104, which the C-135 is actually the same age (1st generation of jet passengers). Everything has its time.
  3. NDR-791
    NDR-791 April 6 2021 07: 42
    +3
    Saw, Shura, saw ... (c) And at the expense "Washington does not rule out a return to the Treaty with the use of Allied aircraft" you will have a big Indian hut
  4. Olkhovsky
    Olkhovsky April 6 2021 07: 44
    -5
    In turn, Moscow is ready to wait, but only until this summer, after which Russia will also leave the Open Skies Treaty

    Russia is always ready / we will answer / and so on and so on. I don’t remember a single moment when Putin’s Russia played number one. The thinking of a judoka is without initiative, it is able to give birth to something only in response, but to create something itself is not.
    1. Wedmak
      Wedmak April 6 2021 08: 02
      +1
      I don’t remember a single moment when Putin’s Russia played number one.

      Think about it. If the Russian Federation played only in response, we would not have Crimea, a bridge, an advanced nuclear industry, the world's best air defense, unique icebreakers, titanium production, aircraft engines ...
      Yes, we often have to play back, because our "partners" on a campaign do not know how to speak adequately and on an equal footing.
      1. Olkhovsky
        Olkhovsky April 6 2021 12: 26
        +1
        Think about it. If the Russian Federation played only in response, we would not have Crimea, a bridge, an advanced nuclear industry, the world's best air defense, unique icebreakers, titanium production, aircraft engines ...

        Think better than you and do not confuse soft with warm.
    2. Mountain shooter
      Mountain shooter April 6 2021 08: 03
      +1
      Quote: Olkhovsky
      ... I don’t remember a single moment when Putin’s Russia played number one. Judoka thinking is without initiative

      Shouldn't you go to Crimea to relax? wink ?
      1. Olkhovsky
        Olkhovsky April 6 2021 12: 25
        0
        Why don't you go to the Crimea to have a rest wink?

        I've been there more often than you can imagine.
        1. Mountain shooter
          Mountain shooter April 6 2021 12: 28
          0
          Quote: Olkhovsky
          I've been there more often than you can imagine

          And when? Before the "lack of initiative" held a referendum and annexed it to Russia, or after?
          1. Olkhovsky
            Olkhovsky April 6 2021 12: 41
            +1
            And when? Before the "lack of initiative" held a referendum and annexed it to Russia, or after?

            After.
            The annexation of Crimea by the "first-beater" is a typical example of a reaction to an already existing situation. And then, the reaction is half-hearted. He had no other choice but to accept Crimea.
            1. Mountain shooter
              Mountain shooter April 6 2021 13: 06
              -2
              Quote: Olkhovsky
              He had no other choice but to accept Crimea.

              Stay with your opinion. Everything is lost...
  5. Polite Moose
    Polite Moose April 6 2021 07: 44
    +3
    after which Russia will also leave the Open Skies Treaty.

    limiting ourselves to conventional reconnaissance flights.
  6. rocket757
    rocket757 April 6 2021 07: 53
    0
    The planes will be written off, old ones, this is a natural process.
    But what's next is not clear.
    1. Alexander 3
      Alexander 3 April 6 2021 08: 41
      0
      Escalation in Donbass, hostilities. When are the hostilities going on, what kind of monitoring?
      1. rocket757
        rocket757 April 6 2021 09: 41
        +1
        So the minke whales will also save money if they push this business onto the allies.
  7. APASUS
    APASUS April 6 2021 09: 20
    +2
    It was the frequent breakdowns of aircraft and the inability to perform flights in full that became one of the reasons for the US withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty. Repeated attempts to knock out funds for overhaul or replacement of aircraft did not bring success; against this background, Russia successfully modernized its DON aircraft.

    I'll pay now. The country with the largest military budget in the world cannot comply with the DON due to the lack of intelligence officers .................... and other agreements could not be extended, the ink ran out ?
  8. Ura Orlov
    Ura Orlov April 6 2021 11: 28
    0
    Well, millions have stamped new ones.