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Israeli satellite imagery shows Russian AWACS back in Syria

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  1. DavidSling

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    By: Barbara Opall-Rome, May 7, 2017 (Photo Credit: ImageSat International)
    TEL AVIV, Israel — Israeli satellite imagery confirms redeployment of at least one Russian A-50 Aerial Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) in Syria.

    Imagery captured May 3 by the ImageSat International (ISI) Eros B satellite, published here for the first time, shows the Russian special mission aircraft deployed at the Latakia Air Base in Syria.

    The deployment, less than a month after a US Tomahawk cruise missile strike on a key regime air base, significantly augments Russia’s ability to defend the entire airspace over Syria against aircraft or missile attack.

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    The upgraded A-50, a Russian special mission aircraft, were captured by ImageSat International deployed at the Latakia Air Base in Syria.
    Photo Credit: ImageSat International

    Just a week ago, Sergei Rudskoy, head of the Russian General Staff Operations Directorate, announced that Moscow had deployed a “multi-level control system” capable of detecting hostile threats in the Syrian airspace.

    Produced by the Beriev Aircraft Company, upgraded A-50U versions of the aircraft are designed to detect airborne threats from 650 kilometers away and ground targets at 300 kilometers. The aircraft uniquely serves as a command post where it can control nearly a dozen fighters while defending against ground targets and surface ships.

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    Military Times
    After Damascus blasts, Israel intercepts 'target' from Syria


    Online reporting from Russia cited initial A-50 deployment in late 2015, but the aircraft returned to home bases as part of partial drawdown announced by President Vladimir Putin in March 2016.

    http://www.defensenews.com/articles/satellite-imagery-shows-russian-awacs-back-in-syria
     
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  2. TruthHurtz

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    hopefully one day israeli satellites will capture the images of nuclear weapons detonating above israel with little shlomo the satellite operator soiling his mercantile depends as all his shekels are atomised
     
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    Any idea about the status of our AWACS? We are planning more Il76s with your 2090s....
     
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    probably to hunt down the ISIS airforce , nothing more ..
     
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    Russian realized the key role of AWACs in the modern combat architecture .
    If there's an AWAC during the period of Tomahawk's strike, these cruise missiles would be detected from a distance far way enough to intercept .
     
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