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Plenty of things acquired a lock on it, including ground-based SAM sites. That's the easy part.



The USSR pilot claims:

“Had the spy plane violated Soviet airspace, a live missile launch would have been carried out. There was no practically chance the aircraft could avoid an R-33 missile.”


The pilot also claims the lock was from 120km, which is the maximum range of the R-33 at the time, so I'm a bit dubious of the idea without a practical demonstration.

I do suspect the "surround from all directions" approach detailed later would've worked, but that's why we moved off to stealth and satellites.




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