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Ilyushin II-80. Vladimir Putin’s ‘doomsday’ plane capable of withstanding a nuclear attack
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The plane was created during the Cold War from a model from the 1970s. Practically windowless and with antennas for satellite communication, it is capable of withstanding a nuclear explosion.

The presidential planes have become one of the most icon of each country. From the Falcon of Spain to Air Force One of the United States and passing through a whole range of aircraft where Russia is also found, carried out by several units of the Ilyushin Il-96-300PU model. Meeting rooms and advanced security measures are not enough when the worst occurs: a nuclear attack.

For this purpose, the great world powers deploy planes prepared to withstand the electromagnetic pulse resulting from a nuclear explosion. Authentic flying bunkers equipped with everything you need to coordinate with all the armed forces deployed in the wide and wide areas of the world.

For this purpose, the great world powers deploy planes prepared to withstand the electromagnetic pulse resulting from a nuclear explosion. Authentic flying bunkers equipped with everything you need to coordinate with all the armed forces deployed in the wide and wide areas of the world.

More with the presidential plane, the safest aircraft that has access to the Russian government and military summit is the plane of the final judgment. Its interior is an authentic mystery and one of the best-kept secrets of the Kremlin. It is only known that it is able to communicate with the fleet of nuclear submarines that Russia has deployed in seas all over the planet and that it has protection specially designed to resist the effects of a nuclear attack.

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But if the nuclear war breaks out, the true protection of Vladimir Putin and the government’s summit and military environment will be in charge of the plane of the final judgment. With its origins in the Cold War, this aircraft was created to resist the electromagnetic pulse resulting from a nuclear explosion.

The United States has one based on the Boeing 747 and Russia on the Ilyushin Il-80, a derivation of the Il-86 setter. Just a year and a half ago, Putin announced the need to renew the nuclear aerial bunker for the Ilyushin Il-96-400M, a more modern version of the presidential plane.

“It will allow a notable increase in the period of airborne combat service and extend the radio for command of troops”, as announced by the state agency TASS in October 2020. In July 2021, the RIA agency announced that they were taking carrying out the necessary modifications to convert 2 units into an anti-nuclear aircraft. A process carried out in secret facilities in Voronezh.

But until this new aircraft is on the list —some reports indicate that it will be through this 2022—, Russia has to conform to the various Il-80 units that Putin has at his disposal.

As with the presidential plane, the technical details of this aircraft are really limited. The first to jump into sight is that they have eliminated all the windows from the fuselage, with the exception of those located in the pilots’ cabin. A measure that can indicate an extra strength in the fuselage of the passenger cabin with anti-radiation materials.

If we apply the case of its US counterpart, in this type of aircraft that must resist an electromagnetic pulse, all possible digital and electronic technology is uninstalled. Prefer bien-isolated analog systems that are more resistant and reliable in the event of nuclear war.

It is also worth highlighting a joroba located in the upper part of the front of the aircraft that would be dedicated to deploying the antennas for satellite communication. A second antenna can be seen on the pan and could be used for communication with the submarines that Russia has deployed all over the world.

Also, the 2 pods installed under each of the wings were unnoticed and the extra electricity generators had been installed. Little more is known about this Il-80 from Russia which has 4 operating units and lists.

American counterpart

E 4B Doomsday Plane

E 4B Doomsday Plane

Across the Atlantic Ocean, the Il-80 has its counterpart within the United States Air Force. Created from a Boeing 747 in the Cold War, the E-4B is the particular nuclear refuge of the current president and his trusted leadership; including the military when holding the position of commander in chief.

In order to protect the aircraft, this Boeing E-4B dispenses with digital and electronic equipment in its flight systems, resorting to analog circuitry that is much more traditional but also resistant to nuclear attack.

In this case, it is known that the Doomsday Plane has an antenna capable of contacting the US armed forces anywhere in the world and also a shield integrated into the fuselage specially created to dissipate radiation.

It can accommodate 112 people for a full 7 days thanks to its in-flight refueling capability. The autonomy limitation is imposed by the oil consumption of the engines in their daily operations.

Source: with agencies

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