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Loss of aircraft in Machulishchy will further restrict Russian air operations

Tuesday, 28 February 2023, 08:13
Loss of aircraft in Machulishchy will further restrict Russian air operations

The loss of a Russian A-50 aircraft as a result of an attack on the Belarusian Machulishchy air base will further restrict the air operations of the Russian Federation.

Source: UK Defence Ministry on Twitter, as reported by European Pravda

Details: On 26 February 2023, Belarusian partisan group BYPOL and exiled opposition leaders reported an A-50 MAINSTAY had sustained damaged from Uncrewed Aerial Vehicle (UAV) attacks at Maschulishchy air base, the UK Defence Ministry said.

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BYPOL reported two explosions and damage to the front and middle sections of the A-50 MAINSTAY as well as the radar antenna.

The role of A-50 MAINSTAY is to build a recognised air picture and to provide coordination to adjoining fighter aircraft.

Attribution and damage has not been officially corroborated. However, as the British Defence Ministry noted, the loss of an A-50 MAINSTAY would be significant as it is critical to Russian air operations for providing an air battlespace picture.

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Quote: "This will likely leave six operational A-50s in service, further constraining Russian air operations," the UK Defence Ministry stated.

Background: British Intelligence reported that while Russia maintains a significant number of troops in Belarus, they are unlikely to constitute a credible offensive force.

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