The Indian Navy’s Long-Range Maritime Patrol aircraft TU 142M, which has been serving India for over 29 years would be de-inducted in a function in Arakkpnam on March 29.
The Russia built aircraft, TU 142M was first inducted in the Indian Navy in they year 1988 at Dabolim, Goa.
Later, after several years of Naval exercise and operations, it’s base was shifted to INS Rajali in the year 1992 and since then it has completed over 30,000 hours of accident-free flying.
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The aircraft would be formally de-inducted from service on March 29 at INS Rajali in the presence of Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba.
— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) March 29, 2017
TU 142M was known for its enhanced endurance, speed, long range weapons, and sensors and its use had transformed the aspects of Maritime Reconnaissance for the Indian Navy.
In the last 29 years, the aircraft participated in several missions off Sri Lanka and was an important part of operation ‘Cactus’ in Maldives which provide “airborne surveillance.”