Monday, March 27, 2017

Indian Navy bids farewell to submarine-hunting Tupolev aircraft

The Indian Navy's iconic Tupolev-142M anti-submarine warfare aircraft will be decommissioned on Wednesday after serving as a mainstay in guarding the Indian Ocean region for almost three decades.

The Soviet-era aircraft, known as one of the most formidable airborne reconnaissance platforms around the world, were part of all major naval exercises and operations of Indian Navy since its induction in 1988.

The Tupolev-142M fleet is being replaced by 12 Boeing P-8I maritime surveillance aircraft, which are equipped with harpoon anti-ship missiles, lightweight torpedoes, rockets and new generation sensors and radars.

A navy official said the Tupolev-142M aircraft would be decommissioned by Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba on March 29 at a ceremony at INS Rajali, India's premier naval air station in Tamil Nadu's Arakkonam.
26/03/17 PTI/Business Standard