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The Il-18 airframe served as the basis of the Il-20 ELINT / reconnaissance platform. Aircraft in the IL-18 family which bore separate designations included the IL-20M ELINT, the IL-20RT space tracker, the IL-22 airborne command post, the IL-24N Ice reconnaissance aircraft used to support commercial shipping operations in the Arctic regions. The Il-20 ('Coot-N) was first observed in 1978 and features a variety of antennas, with a large ventral canoe presumed to contain a side looking radar. Blisters on either side of the forward fuselage are another obvious external feature.
A further modification was the Il-20DSR though little is known of the nature of its upgrades. In 1973, four additional aircraft were built as Il-20RTs to act as communications and radio-relay aircraft, these however were later superseded by an Ilyushin Il-76 variant.
A Russian Il-20 aircraft went off radar near Hmeymim airbase in Syria Monday evening, coinciding with an attack on the province of Latakia.
The Russian Defence Ministry reported that the Russian Il-20 aircraft went off radar near Hmeymim airbase in Syria. The plane carried 14 servicemen; their fate is unknown.
Syrian northwestern city of Idlib.
© AFP 2018 / MOHAMED AL-BAKOUR
US Not Ruling Out Strikes on Russian, Iranian Targets in Syria – Reports
"On September 17, at about 11 p.m. Moscow time [20:00 GMT], the communication with the crew of the Russian Il-20 aircraft was lost when it was over the Mediterranean Sea, some 35 kilometers from the Syrian coast, on its way back to Hmeimim airbase," the report said.
originally posted by: worldstarcountry
a reply to: Zaphod58
if that plane's purpose was to assist making those Israeli jets easier to target and see, than of course the Israeli's would shoot it down as a threat. I would shoot it down as a threat if it was casting a spotlight on my activities. And technically, it would still be self defense.
Survival means them or us. Thats what the pilot has to believe if he is to survive.
CIA front #CNN says #Syria "accidentally" shot down #Russian military plane during #Israeli missile strikes. But #Syria says "our system is connected to Russia air defense which detects friendly planes, Israel struck it".
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: worldstarcountry
The Il-20 was no threat to F-16s, and never will be. It's designed to gather electronic signals. It's similar to the US and UK RC-135, and is as much a threat to F-16s as it would be to Su-27s. They've been used in the area to eavesdrop on ISIS and rebel communications, and build an electronic order of battle.