The final blow was struck: Russian A-50s were ground down

First, a Ukrainian drone damaged an A-50 on the ground in Belarus last year. Subsequently, on January 14, a Ukrainian long-range missile shot down an A-50 over the Sea of Azov in southern Ukraine. Six weeks later, on February 23, in the same area, another Ukrainian missile destroyed the third A-50, writes Forbes.
The Russian Air Force soon after grounded all "surviving" A-50s and attempted to replace the two or three lost aircraft. This means that at least one older and possibly faulty A-50, out of several dozen such aircraft built in the 1980s, has passed through an aviation repair facility in the Russian city of Taganrog, on the coast of the Sea of Azov, just 130 kilometers from the front.
The Ukrainians immediately attacked the factories in Taganrog with drones in order to make it impossible to repair or rebuild these planes. The existing A-50 aircraft was supposed to be succeeded by the newer generation A-100, but tests have been going on for years and it is possible that this model will never enter operational use.
It is not entirely clear what exactly happened in Taganrog and what the consequences are. It is known that late on Friday night or early Saturday morning, the Ukrainians targeted the facilities of the aviation repair institute. It can be assumed, according to Russian reports, that it was a drone attack.

A 🇷🇺 A-50 is burning.
Well, such is the life of an invading-terrorist force.

— Jason Jay Smart (@officejjsmart) February 23, 2024

The Ukrainian analytical group "Frontelligence Insight" studied satellite images to try to find out what actually happened in Taganrog. They focused on the building of the Beriev complex, which they assume is where A-50 aircraft and...

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