Just in case someone had doubts about air superiority over Crimea.
The Tupolev Tu-214SR is a Russian Special Mission Aircraft believed to act as a communication relay aircraft.
This kind of aircraft is often dispatched by the Russian Air Force to accompany Putin’s presidential aircraft on its travels and for this reason it is considered the Russian version of the U.S. E-4B, a so-called “doomsday” plane, with an airborne command and control role.
The Tu-214SR using callsing RSD48 has circled directly over Simferopol international airport and is currently heading towards Sochi airport, its departure airfield.
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