The Indian Navy will decommission the TU142M long-range maritime patrol aircraft, after 29 years of service.
Since its induction into the navy, it has participated in major naval exercises and operations.
Powered by four engines, the aircraft is said to be the fastest turboprop aircraft in the world, the Indian Ministry of Defence stated.
Armed with long-range weapons and sensors, TU142M was used by the navy for maritime reconnaissance and airborne anti-submarine warfare (ASW).
To date, the aircraft has recorded more than 30,000 hours of accident-free flight hours.
During its service life, it has undergone several modifications to keep up with evolving technology and changing requirements, the ministry added.
The P-8I long-range, multi-mission maritime patrol aircraft will replace the TU142M.
Built by Boeing, the P-8I has been fully integrated into the operational grid of the Indian Navy.
Designed to protect the vast coastline and territorial waters of India, it can conduct ASW, anti-surface warfare (AsuW), intelligence, maritime patrol, and surveillance and reconnaissance missions.
Farewell and thankyou, TU142M…