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For this support power's predecessor, see Spy plane (Red Alert 1).

The spy plane is a Soviet non-combatant scout aircraft and support power in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2: Yuri's Revenge. It is a replacement for the psychic sensor after it was given to Yuri's army.


During the Third World War, the Soviet Union did not utilize spy planes as prominently, as their Psychic Corps granted them equal intelligence gathering ability, not least through the use of psychic sensors. Following Yuri's betrayal, however, the Soviet Union needed a way to undertake field reconnaissance without the need for psychic powers. They eventually settled upon bringing back a reasonably fast scout aircraft. As the Soviet Union had ceased the deployment of field airstrips, the spy plane was built and maintained away from the battlefield.

In-game unit

The spy plane emerges from a random edge of the map (implying a take-off from an off-screen location) and flies towards the area selected for reconnaissance. Once it is relatively near the marker, it audibly starts taking photographs to uncover the shroud in its flight path, and stops once it moves far away from the designated area. If any anti-air structure fires on the spy plane, it will be uncovered as well. The plane can be shot down at any time, but a new one will emerge in the next usage of the support power.

While the area revealed by the recon photos was decently sized, the Allied Spy Satellite Uplink was still superior. However, the ability of a spy plane to be serviced fairly quickly allowed it to even the odds in terms of intelligence gathering.




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The Spy plane strongly resembles the real life Ilyushin Il-4 soviet bomber, although it also resembles the Heinkel He 111 as it lacks the former's stepped cockpit design. The spy plane itself deviates from both these aircraft by having a triple tail fin and a distinctive large rotodome replacing the rear gunner position.

See also

We will bury them! Soviet Third World War Arsenal Death to capitalists!