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The curious case of IRGC’s EP-PUQ over Iraq

On July 21, 2022, at 0710Z (10:10 Baghdad Time), An Iranian aircraft which was handed over to them on 2021 and was previously operated by Namibian Westair Aviation started pinging in range of Ar Ramadi receiver. Mode S data of the receiver confirms its presence over Iraq.

What’s interesting about this bid is that it’s being operated by IRGC-owned Pouya Air, which is infamous for its Il-76T[D]s that are being used for smuggling.

Screenshot from PlaneSpotters.net, EP-PUQ

Embraer ERJ-145
REG EP-PUQ
HEX 7342B1

Judging by the RSSI (same receiver), it certainly entered the Iraqi FIR, let’s see:

0719Z, RSSI is -20.6

0730, RSSI is -18, getting closer to central Iraq

@ 0738Z, the aircraft is descending to land, RSSI shows it’s far from Baghdad airport, or even Najaf.
Question is, where is this aircraft landing? Erbil or Abadan?

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Increasing number of IRGC flights to Moscow, Russia

Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, Iranian military-affiliated planes were spotted flying to and from Russia.

On February, there were ZERO flights to Russia from Iran (By IRGC aircraft),
On Late March, there was 1 flight (EP-PUS – IRGC’s aircraft – Date: March 24),
And on April the number got increased, big time! 8 flights were spotted by IRGC planes to Moscow (As of now: April 24, 2022)

Chart shows IRGC flights since February 2022

Spotted and active IRGC aircraft that were used for Moscow trips were:
Registration: EP-FAA: Qeshm Fars Air – Boeing 747-281B – Hex: 731821
Registration: EP-PUS: Pouya Air – Ilyushin IL-76TD – Hex: 7342B3

Aircraft Date
EP-PUS 24-Mar
EP-PUS 11-Apr
EP-PUS 14-Apr
EP-FAA 15-Apr
EP-PUS 16-Apr
EP-FAA 19-Apr
EP-PUS 20-Apr
EP-PUS 22-Apr
EP-FAA 22-Apr
(Data via FlightRadar’s History on EP-PUS and EP-FAA flights)

It’s noteworthy to mention that the Iranian regime has battle-tested UAVs like Shahed-136 for Kamikaze attacks.

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