Russia's A-50 planes grounded after Ukraine conflict losses

Newsweek March 2, 2024, 09:00 PM UTC

Summary: Russia has grounded its A-50 early warning and control planes after losing two within a month in the Ukraine conflict. Each plane costs over $300 million. The loss is a significant setback for Moscow's war effort. The U.K. Ministry of Defense stated that Russia's situational awareness and air support capabilities are degraded. Russia is considering repurposing aircraft and bringing back mothballed airframes to mitigate the gap. Ukraine claims to have downed 14 Russian aircraft in 14 days.

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