The Tu-214 is a modification of the Tu-204 passenger airliner with increased takeoff weight and carrying capacity. On its base it was developed a number of military aircraft for special purposes: communications aircraft, control and relay (TU-214PU, Tu-214SR, Tu-214SUS), reconnaissance aircraft Tu-214R, and to monitor the international program "Open Skies", the Tu-214ON.
Tu-214SUS - special purpose aircraft, is equipped with a communication and special technical means to communicate anywhere in the world en-route. This ship is designed to carry the head of state, as well as government delegations. Tu-214SUS is a medium-haul aircraft with a flight range of up to 7000 kilometers.
The state contract for the construction of two Tu-214SUS, according to information published on the official website of the Federal Treasury of the Russian Federation was signed September 18, 2007 in the amount of 3.58 billion rubles. (Thus, the cost per aircraft is 1.79 billion rubles or about $ 60 million.) And provide for their delivery in the period prior to March 2009 For various reasons, his performance took a lot more time than planned.
In 2010, the KAPO's two aircraft were collected by order of UDP aircraft interiors with Tu-214PU control points. The first of these (RA-64517) enrolled in the Arctic, "Russian" in October of 2010, and the second (RA-64520) in January this year. Tu-214SUS (RA-64524) v is the eleventh aircraft Tu-204/214 as a part of the Arctic "Russian" fleet.
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