Air International 2018-11
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B.Taghvaee - The ears of Chkalovsky. Russia's Il-20M spy planes /Military/
Il-20M c/n 174011604 has always been forward deployed, occasionally together with 175011701, to Rostov-on-Don for operations over the Black Sea and eastern Europe. The aircraft recently received serial number RF-95687.
RF-93610 on take-off from Kubinka Air Base on March 21, 2014. The aircraft was shot down by a Syrian surface-to-air missile at 18:00 Moscow time on September 17, 2018, with the tragic loss of all 15 crew members on-board.
Il-20M c/n 175011706 on take-off from its home base, Chkalovsky near Moscow in January 2012.
The first Russian Air Force Il-20MS 90924 on take-off from Zhukovsky for a 4-hour, 20-minute test flight on July 25, 2014.
This close up shot of Il-20M c/n 173011504 shows the large size of the pod-mounted Isla-1 side-looking radar under the aircraft’s forward fuselage, and a side-mounted dielectric panel part of the Romb-4 multi­channel signal intelligence system.
The first Il-20MS 174011603 modernized under Programme Retsenzent at Zhukovsky on February 28, 2014.
RF-93610 was intercepted by Aeronautics Militaire Typhoons on March 2, 2018.