Russia Testing New Tupolev Tu-214R Spy Plane

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The Russian air force’s new SIGINT electronic intelligence aircraft, the Tupolev Tu-214R, is continuing its trials, and a new version has been spotted by aircraft watchers in Russia.

Wikipedia describes the Tu-214R as a “special-mission versions of the Tu-214 commercial transport aircraft, developed under the codename ‘Project 141′, to replace the Il-20 Coot ELINT platform. 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).

“In addition, the aircraft will carry multi-spectral electro-optical systems. The aircraft has conducted test flights over the Sea of Japan but the programme experienced problems in January of 2013.

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