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Fighting ISIL Gives Russia Chance to Test Weapons, Doctrine | Military.com

Fighting ISIL Gives Russia Chance to Test Weapons, Doctrine | Military.com

Based on a 1950s civilian turboprop airliner, the slow-moving Ilyushin Il-18 Coot seems an unlikely addition to Russia’s growing arsenal of modern weapons systems deployed to Syria to fight rebel forces there.

But analysts say the presence of the Coots — a naval electronic intelligence version of the old airliner bristling with phased-array side-looking radar, long-range cameras, infrared sensors…

Source: Fighting ISIL Gives Russia Chance to Test Weapons, Doctrine | Military.com