Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Navy to decommission spy plane by month end

For close to 30 years, India used these Russian-origin reconnaissance planes, also known as Albatross, to watch the maritime traffic in the Indian Ocean region.

After taking off from their base at Arakkonam, these planes flew all over the high seas to keep an eye on the vessels passing through the blue waters. The vigil came particularly handy during the anti-piracy operations in the recent years.

However, as the technology was getting old, the navy was retiring these planes one by one in the absence of any mid-life upgrade. “Out of eight aircraft, the navy is now left with only three, which would be decommissioned by the end of this month,” said a source.
08/03/17 Deccan Herald