Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Home Business Russian police hunt thieves who plundered top secret 'Doomsday Plane'

Russian police hunt thieves who plundered top secret ‘Doomsday Plane’


2/2
© Reuters. Ilyushin Il-80, Russian miltary aircraft known as the Doomsday Plane, is seen in Moscow region

2/2

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Police in Russia said on Wednesday they were searching for thieves who plundered technical equipment from a top-secret military aircraft known as the Doomsday Plane that is designed for use during a nuclear war.

The robbery, which raises questions about the security of sensitive military-related installations, took place as maintenance work was being carried out on the Ilyushin Il-80 plane.

The aircraft was modified from a Soviet jet airliner during the late Cold War to serve as an aerial command post for top officials to control their troops during a crisis.

The theft came to light earlier this week in reports by Russian media, including the REN TV channel, which said signs of a break-in via the cargo hatch had been spotted last Friday and that 39 electronic units had been removed.

Police in the southern region of Rostov said in a statement that a search for the culprits was under way. They have not reported any arrests so far.

Police said the aircraft had been at an aerodrome in the city of Taganrog, but gave no details about the nature of the stolen equipment except for its estimated worth — more than 1 million roubles ($13,600)

Russian military experts speculated that the items had been stolen because some of the units had been assembled using precious metals such as gold and platinum.

The incident comes after President Vladimir Putin ploughed vast funds into overhauling the Russian military amid tensions with the West that are at their highest since the end of the Cold War.

The Kremlin said measures would be taken to stop such a theft occurring again.

($1 = 73.6250 roubles)

Disclaimer: Fusion Media would like to remind you that the data contained in this website is not necessarily real-time nor accurate. All CFDs (stocks, indexes, futures) and Forex prices are not provided by exchanges but rather by market makers, and so prices may not be accurate and may differ from the actual market price, meaning prices are indicative and not appropriate for trading purposes. Therefore Fusion Media doesn`t bear any responsibility for any trading losses you might incur as a result of using this data.

Fusion Media or anyone involved with Fusion Media will not accept any liability for loss or damage as a result of reliance on the information including data, quotes, charts and buy/sell signals contained within this website. Please be fully informed regarding the risks and costs associated with trading the financial markets, it is one of the riskiest investment forms possible.





Source link

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisment -

Most Popular

Apple, Microsoft, Alphabet Earnings: 3 Things to Watch By Investing.com

© Reuters. By Dhirendra Tripathi Investing.com -- Quarterly earnings take center stage this week, kicking off with Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:)’s results after the closing...

Citizen’s crime livestreams are no substitute for local journalism – TechCrunch

In May, the neighborhood crime-watch app Citizen offered its user base $30,000 to track down a suspected arsonist on live video, only to...

Pak PM Khan’s party wins most seats in PoK legislative elections marred by irregularities, violence

Prime Minister Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party is set to form the next government in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) as it emerged as the...

Recent Comments

Close Bitnami banner