According to a U.K. Defence Intelligence review post on X, Russia is rumored to be gearing up to return its Soviet-era M-55 "Mystic B" spy plane into service over Ukraine.
The M-55 will return to help bolster Russia's flagging Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) capabilities in the ongoing conflict, according to a report byon Sunday.
If true, the return of the M-55 will significantly increase Russia's ability to identify, track, and surveil Ukrainian military assets on land, sea, and air.
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"Russia is likely considering bringing the Soviet-era M-55 MYSTIC B high altitude reconnaissance aircraft back into service," the ministry's post reads. "With an operating ceiling of over 70,000 feet, the aircraft has been recently employed as an earth-sciences research platform. However, it has been observed carrying a military reconnaissance pod, developed for employment on Russian fighter aircraft," the U.K. Defence Intelligence post states.