Russia Announces Work on New ‘Doomsday Plane’

Russian state media on Monday announced that the country is currently working on a new “doomsday plane” to protect government officials in the case of widespread attack and radiation fallout, the Independent reports.

Moscow’s new plane, an adaptation of the Ilyushin-96-400M passenger jet, is set for construction in Voronezh, which is located on the country’s western border with Ukraine. A source told the Independent that the country expects two of these new aircraft to enter service “shortly,” as part of Moscow’s four Airborne Command Posts that are capable of keeping officials in the air in the event of a major catastrophe or destructive event on the ground.

“The Russian Aerospace Forces will receive two air command posts based on the Il-96-400M. One is in production,” the state-run news agency RIA Novosti reported, quoting a source.

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