A PLACE built to protect the President of the United States in the event of an all-out nuclear war performed a well-timed training mission.
The modified Boeing 747 took part in a test flight on Monday shortly after Vladimir Putin launched his nuclear force on high alert.
The Russian autocrat has warned that the West “could face the greatest consequences in history” as his tanks and troops flood Ukraine.
The plane – nicknamed the “Doomsday Plane” and providing a mobile command center in the event of a nuclear conflict – took off from a US Air Force base in Nebraska.
Military flight tracking websites show it completed a 4.5-hour flight to Chicago and back before landing again, iNews report.
Designated after the GORDO15, the jet is one of a fleet of Boeing 747 E4-Bs maintained by the United States Air Force since the 1970s.
One of the planes is kept on standby at all times and follows the President of the United States on his tours in the event of a sudden nuclear war.
The planes, known as the “National Air Operations Center,” are capable of communicating with anyone from anywhere in the world.
Its sole role is to assist military analysts and strategists during a military crisis.
The aircraft’s design aims survive an electromagnetic pulse with all systems intact.
The three-decker Doomsday Plane even uses traditional analog flying machines because they are less susceptible to cyberattacks.
The aircraft performed regular training and readiness missions, although Monday’s trip was an unusual one.
That’s because the mission was accompanied by a fleet of other command and control aircraft.
They include two “Cobra Ball” jets, whose equipment can track ballistic missile trajectories.
Early Tuesday, the same jet was being prepared for another test run later that day, according to flight-tracking experts.
The flights come as Putin has escalated tensions with the West following Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine.
The Russian tyrant is said to be “angry” at his inability to subdue Ukraine and over the weekend lashed out at NATO for “unfriendly measures” that he said forced him into a nuclear gamble. cold.
In a speech on state television, Putin claimed aggressive statements by NATO leaders and economic sanctions against Moscow had forced him to take action.
He said that “not only do Western countries take unfriendly measures” such as “illegal sanctions” but “top officials of top NATO countries allow themselves to make aggressive statements regarding concerning our country”.
Putin said he has now ordered his military command to place Russia’s deterrence forces – referring to units that include nuclear weapons – on high alert.
The move means that Putin has ordered the world’s largest stockpile of nuclear warheads to be ready for launch.
That increases the likelihood of a crisis occurring and a miscalculation that could lead to nuclear war.
“I order the Defense Minister and the Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces to bring the deterrence force of the Russian army into a special mode of combat service,” Putin said.
Boris Johnson dismissed the announcement as a “distraction” from the war his troops were going through in Ukraine.
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