A Russian aircraft designed to survive a nuclear war was no match for a group of suspected thieves, who police say breached the plane and stole armloads of military-grade communications equipment last week.
The culprits appeared to have broken in through the cargo hatch before making off with 39 electronic units, Russian media reported last Friday.
Authorities say the stolen material was worth about one million rubles (US$13,600). No suspects have been identified.
The incident has become a headache for Russian President Vladimir Putin, who recently devoted large sums of money to overhauling the Russian military.
The Kremlin says it will ensure that such an incident does not happen again.
The United States also has a Doomsday Plane standing ready in the event of a nuclear war. The aircraft are more functional and tough than the president’s regular aircraft, Air Force One.
Both countries are said to have four Doomsday Planes, with one on standby at all times in the event of war.