eehnie wrote:Interesting. Both counts seem to be very coincident.
Listed as active:
http://russianplanes.net/reginfo/33411 <--> 29-04 1973 RF-12009 Nº20
http://russianplanes.net/reginfo/33282 <--> 21-02 1970 RF-12010 Nº29
http://russianplanes.net/reginfo/33405 <--> 29-02 1973 RF-12007 Nº12
http://russianplanes.net/reginfo/33345 <--> 26-02 1972 XXxxxxxx Nº01
http://russianplanes.net/reginfo/32997 <--> 29-01 1973 RF-12006 Nº10
To the reserve in 2016.
http://russianplanes.net/reginfo/32991 <--> 28-02 1973 RF-12012 Nº28
http://russianplanes.net/reginfo/33396 <--> 28-03 1973 XXxxxxxx Nº 76 RESERVE/REPAIRS
The difference seems to be that very recently the Nº28 rejoined the base of Sebastopol after some paint and repair. If you see the link now there are very recent photos of the aircraft painted that were not at the time of my previous comment. Surely the web will be updated to include the return of the aircraft to active service, but until now they updated the new pictures with the aircraft painted.
The last of the links is just about the Nº76 about which you commented that have not be seen in fly for several years and is probably in repair plant. Just the link also says the aircraft is in Yevpatoria (Crimea), in the repair plant, but really I do not know if it is for repairing or to become spare parts.
In fact if you check every link for the Russian Be-12 listed by russianplanes.net as in the reserve, there is a reference of where the aircraft is or was sometime ago.
The last aircraft that gives me some doubt about if can be recovered or not is this one, in the reserve since 2008. Maybe you know something about it:
https://russianplanes.net/reginfo/33009 <--> Nº15
About the overall replacement of the Be-12, my guess is that in the short term maybe done with some of the upgraded Il-38. If I'm not wrong, the contracted number of Il-38 to upgrade is a little bigger than the current number of Il-38 in active service. The surpluss maybe to take also the position of the Be-12 in Sebastopol. The last Be-12, I think they can go to Syria, maybe to work under Russian flag in the Russian base there, or maybe to work under Syrian flag. It would work a little more, but the aircraft seems almost exhausted.
About the last paragraph, it seems the unit where the Be-12 were seving in Kacha, Sebastopol (Crimea) was disbanded in 2009.
Not sure about in which unit are serving the Be-12 of Kacha now. Maybe this one?
Despite to be not updated in the link, this unit has some Il-38 and received some of the upgraded units. These would be the other 3 units where the Il-38 is serving today, that also received some of the upgraded units: