Friday, February 26, 2016

TU-214R in Syria being escorted by fighters (vid) via Alert 5

Seems like the Russians are about to amp things up a bit.  I didn't know what the TU-214R did so I looked on Wiki and got this...
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.[28]
I don't know if the rebels use unencrypted comms but if they do they're gonna have bad days real soon.  A few glamour shots to round things out...

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