Indian Navy’s TU-142M aircraft (Albatross) decommissioned at INS Rajali

Posted on:31 Mar 2017 15:13:55
Indian Navy’s TU-142M aircraft (Albatross) decommissioned at INS Rajali
31 March 2017 Current Affairs: After dominating the skies above the seas for 29 years, the Indian Navy’s TU-142M aircraft were given a ceremonial farewell at the INS Rajali, India’s premiere Naval Air Station in Arakkonam, Tamil Nadu.

In the farewell flight, the TU-142M were accompanied by three Chetak helicopters, two Dorniers, one IL-38 and one Boeing P-8I.

The Tu-142M maritime snooping aircraft, better known as 'Albatross' for its massive wing-span, had on several occasions picked up Chinese and Pakistani submarines operating close to Indian waters.

The fuel-guzzling Tupolev142M's were the primary genuine long-range maritime reconnaissance of the Indian Navy. The TU-142MKE has a speed of around 850 kmph, and a battle range of 6,500-km.

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