Nuclear War: Russia Tests ‘Doomsday’ Command Center

Nuclear War: Russia Tests ‘Doomsday’ Command Center
Ilyushin Il-80, Micoyan& Gurevich MiG-29 Dmitry Terekhov / Flickr em>cc by-sa 2.0
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Russia’s Ministry of Defense has successfully tested Russia’s “doomsday” flying command center aboard the Ilyushin Il-80 aircraft.


In case of a full-blown nuclear war, the center is capable of controlling the country’s armed forces to perform necessary offensive or defensive measures. Russia and the U.S. are the only two nations that have developed a command center of such type.

Russia’s new airborne command center is especially designed to have high survivability and reliability in case of war, specifically an all-out nuclear war. Technical specifications of the permit of the Ilyushin Il-80 include managing communication networks of Russia’s land forces, navy air and space forces, as well as the Strategic Missile Forces.

The Ilyushin Il-80 Maxdome aircraft is meant to be used as an airborne command center for Russian officials, most specially President Vladimir Putin, in the event of nuclear war. According to Global Security, the aircraft has no external windows to shield it from a nuclear blast and nuclear electromagnetic pulse. Only the upper deck forward door on the left and the aft door on the right followed the design of its predecessor passenger aircraft, the IL-86. There is only one airstair door instead of three and it has a baffle blocking the aft cockpit window to block EMP or RF pulses during nuclear attack.

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The second-generation command center aboard the Russian Ilyushin Il-80 Maxdome aircraft is capable of being operational even when ground-based infrastructure and ground-based command center were already destroyed by enemies. “OPK has created for the Russian defense Ministry an aerial second-generation strategic command post. The first onboard complex of technical equipment on the base of an Il-80 has successfully passed state tests and by the end of 2015 will be transferred to the client,” Rostec announced on Tuesday.

The announcement from Rostec incidentally came after a representative from Hawaii warned President Barack Obama of an impending nuclear war with Russia. U.S. republican Donald Trump had also spoken about the possibility of a nuclear war as a more important agenda that the issue of climate change.