On November 18, 2013 formal events were held at INS Rajali Naval Air Station near Arakkonam, India in honor of the 25th anniversary from the date it started operating long range ASW Tu-142M in the 312th squadron (INAS 312) of the Indian Navy.
Eight Tu-142Ms designated as Tu-142ME (export version) for the Indian Navy were built in 1987- 1988 in Taganrog City. They differed from the baseline aircraft in some airborne equipment changes and reduced weapons inventory. The purchased aircraft were consolidated in the 312th squadron and obtained the registration numbers from IN-311 to IN-318. The Indians charged them with a wide scope of tasks: conducting antisubmarine warfare and perform low range patrol runs with photo- and radio reconnaissance.
Being a part of the Indian Navy, TU-142ME's plays a significant role since their operating range allows them to operate practically above the entire water area of the Indian Ocean. Indian flight crews call them "albatross" because of their appearance.
During the operation in the 312th squadron, Tu-142M aircraft has completed over 28,000 flight hours without any accidents or incidents. The well-established system of aircraft maintenance in India and scheduled repair conducted in Taganrog contributed to its good reputation.
The Indian Navy closely cooperates with Rosoboronexport and Beriev Aircraft Company
. The aftersales service and operational support of the aircraft delivered to the Indian party is made in Taganrog, particularly, repair and replacement of spare parts.
Russia-India cooperation is being in progress now. The two sides are engaged in negotiations for delivery of Be-200 amphibian aircraft manufactured in Taganrog to India.
Press release courtesy of www.beriev.com