No defense…a quadcopter landed on the Russian A-50 and went back

MINSK, BELARUS — A video distributed by the organization of Belarusian military dissidents appeared on the network. The video is going viral because it concerns the Russian A-50 Mainstay airborne early warning and control [AEW&C] aircraft. In recent days, Belarusian military dissidents have claimed to have carried out an attack on the Russian plane. Two drones were used in the attack. Although there is no conclusive evidence that the attack was successful, the topic remains relevant.

Russian strategic A-50 AEW&C is targeted by UAVs in Belarus
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The shared video provides some pretty interesting information. First of all – it is not known when the video was recorded. Second, the Belarusian sources claim that the video was part of a two-week investigation of the airport and the plane before the attack was carried out.

A quadcopter, most likely a civilian, approaches the airport. Fly at a low altitude. When approaching the runway, the quadcopter rises and thus the location of the planes can be seen. The purpose of the quadcopter is clear – to reach the A-50 AEW&C. And it does. When it reaches its target, the quadcopter rises and the Russian plane is clearly visible.

A 360-degree turn and landing procedure follows. The quadcopter lands slowly and carefully. At some point, it feels like the drone has already landed on a rotodome – that’s where the plane’s main radar antenna is located. There is a brief pause and the drone drifts up again. Before returning on the return route, he takes a last 360-degree look and flies back.

No defense…a quadcopter landed on the Russian A-50 and went back
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According to its content, the video is not of any interest. But it shows something that makes a strong impression. During the entire flight of the quadcopter, there is no movement on the ground. No security, no air defense, no warning, and no attempt to shoot down the drone. There are no ground defenses at all to protect the critical target. I.e. the Russian A-50 AEW&C.

A rather disconcerting fact, considering that the plane is a military one, one of the key Russian intelligence planes. It can be said that the entire aerial Russian intelligence in Ukraine rests on him.

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

On 21 February 2022, Russia claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility. Russia claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers. They tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.

On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR. According to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole. Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.

No defense…a quadcopter landed on the Russian A-50 and went back
Video screenshot

On 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country, as well as tanks entering via the Belarus border.

Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, a “special military operation” can only take place after a UN resolution. There is no such resolution. So this is an invasion and war against Ukraine.


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