A Beriev A-50U airborne early warning and control aircraft was spotted in footage from the Victory Day parade at Russia’s Khmeimim airbase in Syria.
Experts say the aircraft is likely used to spot targets for Russian bombers in Syria’s remote regions and to monitor all military aircraft over Turkey, Iraq, and neighboring countries.
Earlier, a Tu-214R — another Russian reconnaissance plane — was reportedly seen in the skies above the Middle-Eastern country.
Watch the Footage from the Victory Day Parade at Khmeimim airbase, Syria :
Beriev A-50 (NATO reporting name: Mainstay) is a Soviet airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft based on the Ilyushin Il-76 transport. The existence of the A-50 was revealed in 1980 by Adolf Tolkachev.
Developed to replace the Tupolev Tu-126 “Moss”, the A-50 first flew in 1978. It entered service in 1984, with about 40 produced by 1992.