Another Russian A-50 AEW&C Aircraft Reportedly Shot Down Over Above Sea

Russian military Telegram channels have reported that an A-50, a rare and notably important airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) capability, was shot down by anti-air defenses while flying over the Above Sea and reportedly crashed in Krasnodar, Russia.

Prominent Russian milblogging channel “Romanov” posted “Again A-50, again the same area. The enemy has nothing to do with it again. The launches were from the Mariupol area.”

The “again” was in reference to another downing of another A-50 last month, which Ukraine claimed responsibility for. However, Russian milbloggers, such as RVvoenkor and Boris Rhozin, claimed that the aircraft was damaged in a friendly fire incident.

Whether or not it was Ukraine or Russia, this marks another loss of a critical AEW&C asset to Russian aerospace forces.