ADVERTISEMENT

Putin's 'Doomsday Plane'

Vladimir Putin on board his presidential aircraft
Vladimir Putin on board his presidential aircraft Copyright Reuters
Copyright Reuters
By Euronews
Share this articleComments
Share this articleClose Button
Copy/paste the article video embed link below:Copy to clipboardCopied

Russia's equivalent of Air Force One.

ADVERTISEMENT

Vladimir Putin travelled to Syria this week with an escort of Russian fighter jets.

Of course, the plan he flew on was no ordinary aircraft.

The Tupolev Tu-214SR https://sputniknews.com/infographics/201503111017070125/ is a modified version of a civilian aircraft that can carry just over 200 passengers in standard class.

However, the presidential version has a number of modifications including a press room and seating for bodyguards behind the cockpit.

It's most important feature is its communications facilities, however, which allow the president to run the country from the air. For this reason, it is nicknamed the "Doomsday plane" because in the event of a nuclear war it would allow the Russian leader to marshall his forces while out of the line of fire.

A standard TU214 costs around €24 million but the Kremlin paid around €130 million for three modified versions between 2009 and 2012.

The president spends hundreds of hours in the air each year and enjoys a fleet of more than 10 aircraft at his disposal.

Share this articleComments

You might also like

Who is Russia's new defence minister Andrei Belousov, and why did Putin appoint him?

'No limits' partnership continues: Putin to visit Beijing on Xi's invitation

Putin appoints new defence minister as Shoigu takes over National Security Council