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India gets another Tu-142

 
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 10:15 pm    Post subject: India gets another Tu-142 Reply with quote

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Russian Eyes Over the Indian Ocean
October 11, 2007: India has received another Russian built Tu-142 maritime reconnaissance aircraft. Beginning in 1988, when it received three of these aircraft, India has bought more and now has a fleet of nine. The Tu-142, which was introduced in the 1970s, is the patrol version of the Tu-95 heavy bomber. This aircraft entered service 51 years ago, and is expected to remain in service, along with the Tu-142 variant, for another three decades. Over 500 Tu-95s were built, and it is the largest and fastest turboprop aircraft in service. Russia still maintains a force of 60 Tu-95s, but has dozens in storage, which can be restored to service as either a bomber or a Tu-142.


The 188 ton aircraft has flight crew consisting of a pilot, copilot, engineer and radioman, and an unrefueled range of 15,000 kilometers. Max speed is 925 kilometers an hour, while cruising speed is 440 kilometers an hour. Originally designed as a nuclear bomber, the Tu-142 version still carries up to ten tons of weapons (torpedoes, mines, depth charges, anti-ship missiles, sonobuoys) and a lot more sensors (naval search radar, electronic monitoring gear).

There are two 23mm autocannon mounted in the rear of the aircraft. The mission crew of a Tu-142 usually consists of eight personnel, who operate the radars and other electronic equipment. Patrol flights for the Tu-142 can last twelve hours or more, especially when in-flight refueling is used. Maximum altitude is 45,000 feet, although the aircraft flies much lower when searching for submarines.

India requires aircraft like these for patrolling the vast India ocean waters that surround the subcontinent. India wants to upgrade the electronics on its Tu-142s, but has been put off by the high price, and low performance, of what the Russians have offered. So Israeli suppliers have been consulted to see if there is a better solution available.




When it flies overhead in Chennai, is very distinct. Usually takes off from the base at Arakkonam, lands at Chennai airport and then heads off over the Bay of Bengal. Most of these missions are at 2 a.m.

Its low drone reminds me often of a war movie and the Cold War.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

These are based in Arkkonam and Dambolim, Goa. I presume for east and west coast patrolling respectively.

Nevertheless an Amazing machine.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2007 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/NAVY/Tu-142.html
Details on the IAF "Bear"
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2007 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HAWK21M wrote:
http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/NAVY/Tu-142.html
Details on the IAF "Bear"
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There are no "BEARS" in IAF Laughing

It's with the Naval Aviation.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2007 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

shivendrashukla wrote:
HAWK21M wrote:
http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/NAVY/Tu-142.html
Details on the IAF "Bear"
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There are no "BEARS" in IAF Laughing

It's with the Naval Aviation.

Cheers
Shivendra

True.Even the link states the Navy. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2007 5:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have read RAVE reviews for the BEAR.
It remains the only turboprop powered intercontinental bomber in the world.
And it is reputed to travel at over 800kmh!

In fact, there are reports that F16s chasing this plane during several "friendly" encounters had to accelerate to afterburn in order to keep up with the acceleration of the Bear at high altitude!!
That says something about those monster contra-props!
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2007 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any details on the Type of Powerplant used.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2007 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HAWK21M wrote:
Any details on the Type of Powerplant used.
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All the Tu-95/Tu-142 variants are powered by 4 Kuznetsov NK-12 turboprop engines. It is the same engine that powered the An-22 and TU-114 transport aircraft. Each engine generates 15,000 HP (Gulp!!).

and yes, it can fly as fast as any jet aircraft, although I find it hard to believe that F-16s had to accelerate with afterburns to keep up with it.

The Bear's greatest asset is its range and endurance, not its speed. Having been designed as an intercontinental nuclear bomber, it can fly non-stop for 15,000 Km (8, 100 nm). The Indian Navy truly became a blue-water navy with a strategic reach spreading all over the Indian Ocean, only after acquiring this wonderful machine.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2008 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On a recent trip to Goa, My uncle saw both the IL-38 and the TU-142 and they were fantastic.
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