31 Mar '17, 9pm

Il-82 Nuclear Forces Airborne Command Post

Il-82 Nuclear Forces Airborne Command Post

By special order of the USSR Ministry of Defense two IL-76MD were built as strategic air command posts to guide the country's nuclear forces in case the ground control points will be taken out of service. Part of the equipment of these machines is unified with the aircraft IL-86VKP (Vozdushnyye Komandnyye Punkt: Airborne Command Post) also built upon request, another part of the A-50 radar early warning plane. The planes have design designation IL-76VKP and the army designation of the IL-76SK (special teams). However, they also have the service designation IL-82.

Full article: http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/russia/il-82...

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