BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – A pair of Tu-142 anti-submarine aircraft from the Pacific Fleet’s naval aviation division are patrolling the sea zone, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced this morning.
“The Tu-142M is a long-range anti-submarine / reconnaissance aircraft designed by the Tupolev Design Bureau and manufactured by the Kuibyshev Aviation and Taganrog Machinery plants. The aircraft is developed to provide improved naval combat capabilities. It can be deployed primarily in anti-submarine warfare (ASW) operations, maritime reconnaissance and low-range patrol runs,” the Naval Technology publication reported.
“The aircraft is equipped with a set of anti-submarine weapons to protect territorial waters from potential enemy submarines. The aircraft have been in service with the Indian Navy’s 312nd squadron (INAS 312) since 1988 and are deployed in anti-submarine warfare and patrol missions across the Indian Ocean,” the publication added.
These jets are primarily concentrated in the Pacific, where they monitor the Russian territorial waters and other parts of the sea.