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TU-142 maritime patrol aircraft to fly into sunset

 

Summary: Panaji: After nearly three decades of its service, the Indian Navy is all set to bid adieu to the TU-142M long-range maritime patrol aircraft, which was inducted into the Indian Navy, at INS Hansa naval base. The Soviet-era surveillance and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft will make way for the newly-inducted P-8l aircraft.Barely months after being inducted into the Indian Navy, the propeller-driven aircraft played a key role in Operation Cactus. It was armed with anti-ship missiles, self-guided missiles, twin AM-23 automatic cannon, depth charges and torpedoes. A group of mercenaries attempted to overthrow the democratically-elected government in Maldives and the Indian government responded immediately to counter the coup, deploying paratroopers and aircraft over the tiny island. When the mercenaries attempted to escape, the TU-142 was dispatched to track the escaping ship, which had hostages on board.To commemorate the stellar service of the TU142M, a TU Static Display Aircraft has been displayed at Naval Air Station in Tamil Nadu’s INS Rajali.The TU-142 aircraft is based on the TU-95 turboprop strategic bomber, the fastest turboprop military aircraft and was bought from the Soviet Union to replace the Lockheed L1049G Super Constellation aircraft for the INAS 312 squadron.

Panaji: After nearly three decades of its service, the Indian Navy is all set to bid adieu to the TU-142M long-range maritime patrol aircraft, which was inducted into the Indian Navy, at INS Hansa naval base. The Soviet-era surveillance and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft will make way for the newly-inducted P-8l aircraft.Barely months after being inducted into the Indian Navy, the propeller-driven aircraft played a key role in Operation Cactus. A group of mercenaries attempted to overthrow the democratically-elected government in Maldives and the Indian government responded immediately to counter the coup, deploying paratroopers and aircraft over the tiny island.

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