Last Indian Navy Tu-142ME Bear-F Overhaul Completed
Beriev announced on December 5 that it has delivered back to the Indian Navy the last of its eight Tu-142MEs to be overhauled.
Beriev Aircraft announced on December 5 that it has completed a major overhaul of the last of the Indian Air Force's eight Tu-142ME Bear-F long-range anti-submarine warfare aircraft. In additional to maintenance work, the aircraft have undergone a service life extension programme, including some equipment upgrading, which should see them remain in service until 2020.
The final aircraft, IN312, has now completed all necessary flight-testing after completion of the work and was formally delivered back to the Indian Navy at Beriev's facility in Taganrog. It was then flown back to India to rejoin Indian Naval Air Squadron 312 'Albatross' at Indian Naval Station Rajali, Arrakonam, which opereates all of the Indian Navy's Tu-142ME fleet.
Source: By Dave Allport - 5 December 2011 - Military Aviation News (www.key.aero.com)
Photo: Newly overhauled and upgraded Indian Navy Tuploev Tu-142ME Bear-F IN312 prepares to depart from Beriev's facility at Taganrog on delivery back to India on December 5. Beriev (Photo by key.aero)