The official Twitter handle of Indian Navy tweeted first look of India’s recently decommissioned anti-submarine aircraft Tu-142M at RK beach Vizag.Picture posted by Indian Navy shows TU 142M-Albatross sharing space with retired INS Kursura (S20) a Kalvari-class diesel-electric submarine of the Indian Navy.

Earlier this year, Indian Navy retired its fleet of 8 Tu-142M anti-submarine aircraft which it operated from 1988 after 29 years in service. After retirement government of Andhra Pradesh approached Indian ministry of defence with a request to transfer one of the aircraft to convert it into a museum in the city of Visakhapatnam which was approved by Indian Navy and ministry of defence.

Soviet built Tu-142M was specialized aircraft designed to hunt enemy submarines and had an accident-free service record for almost 30 years of use of the Aircraft.Tu-142M has been replaced by Americans supplied P-8I Poseidon aircraft.

According to media reports, the Museum is expected to be open to the public by end of 2017.

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