Russian Spy Plane Conducts Test Flight Tu-214R

A sophisticated Russian special-mission plane has conducted a test flight near the Russian city of Kazan, according to the flight tracking website flightradar24.com.

The flight tracking website flightradar24.com reports that the Tu-214R, a Russian special-mission aircraft, has carried out a test flight outside the Russian city of Kazan.

The Russian Tu-214R is a state-of-the art plane based on the Tu-214 commercial transport aircraft which was modified under the codename ‘Project 141’ to replace the Ilyushin IL20M ELINT.

The Tu-214R is equipped with MRC-411 multi-mission payload to complete assignments, including intelligence gathering-related tasks related to Electronic Intelligence (ELINT), Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and Communications Intelligence (COMINT).

The aircraft also carries Side Looking Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and electro-optical systems.

In May 2015, it was reported that the Tu-214R had conducted a test flight near eastern Ukraine’s border. Source sputniknews.com

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Tu-214R is a joint project between the Tupolev Public Joint Stock Company, Radio-Engineering Corporation Vega and a number of other enterprises of the United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation, the Roscosmos State Corporation and the Almaz-Antey defense company.

The Russian Tu-214R is a state-of-the art plane based on the Tu-214 commercial transport aircraft which was modified under the codename ‘Project 141’ to replace the Ilyushin IL20M ELINT.

The aircraft are configured to carry the MRC-411 multi-intelligence payload, to include electronic intelligence (ELINT) sensors, side-looking Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and other Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and Communications Intelligence (COMINT).

The antennae of the Tu-214R can intercept the signals emitted by enemy systems (radars, aircraft, radios, combat vehicles, mobile phones etc) to build an EOB (Electronic Order of Battle) of the enemy forces: where the enemy forces are operating, what kind of equipment they are using and, by eavesdropping into their radio/phone communications, what they are doing and what will be their next move.

These radars, included in the MRK-411 multi-frequency radio engineering system, are the eyes and ears of the aircraft: Operators receive information in active and passive (without revealing their location) modes and can intercept the enemy’s radio communications.

The main feature of the Tu-214R’s radars is ground-penetrating radar (GPR) scanning.

In other words, the aircraft can see through the ground. Any objects hidden under the ground, covered with snow or sand, or disguised by trees, will be detected by the Tu-214R. It will take a radar snapshot and immediately transmit the information to the command post.

The radio engineering system is complemented by the Fraktsiya electro-optical imaging system, used by the Tu-214R’s crew to receive real-time, high-precision images of the terrain in the visible and infrared ranges. Source sputniknews.com

Tu-214R spyplane escorted by Su-30SM spotted near Idlib

The the most modern Russian Tu-214R  spyplane escorted by  Su-30SM fighter aircraft was spotted near Idlib Governorate in Syria, Defence Blog reported

Earlier Russian Tu-214R reconnaissance aircraft arrived at Khmeimim airbase, southern Latakia, to control ground and air situation, and also boost the electronic warfare capability.

Tu-214R is a joint project between the Tupolev Public Joint Stock Company, Radio-Engineering Corporation Vega and a number of other enterprises of the United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation, the Roscosmos State Corporation and the Almaz-Antey defense company.

The Russian Tu-214R is a state-of-the art plane based on the Tu-214 commercial transport aircraft which was modified under the codename ‘Project 141’ to replace the Ilyushin IL20M ELINT. Source ruaviation.com

Tu-214RTupolev_Tu-214_cockpitTu_214_R (500 x 170)

DESIGNER
OKB Tupolev
COUNTRY
Russia
TYPE
Integrated optical-electronic reconnaissance
CREW
POWER-PLANT
Two engine bypass engine PS-90A
Thrust, kg
2 x 16.000
DIMENSIONS
Length, m
46,20
Height, m
13,90
Wing span, m
42,00
Wing area, m2
182,40
WEIGHT
Empty aircraft, kg
59.000
Normal take-off, kg
Maximum take-off, kg
111.000
Internal fuel, kg
PERFORMANCE
Maximum speed, km/h
Cruising speed, km/h
850
Range, km
6.500
Service ceiling, m
12.000

Source redstar.gr

Updated Oct 14, 2017

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