ANI Photo | Navy’s Ilyushin-38 Sea Dragon long-range maritime patrol aircraft bids adieu after 46 yrs of service

INAS 315 was commissioned on October 1, 1977, with the induction of IL-38 aircraft heralding a modern era of airborne Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance and Anti-Submarine Warfare in the Navy. With its unique capabilities, striking prowess and extended reach covering the vast Indian Ocean region, the IL-38 SD has over the years proven itself to be a formidable force multiplier.
During the occasion, Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar addressed the program and said, “IL had a reputation and they did very well in the primary job of locating ships, locating submarines, and fulfill their missions to the best extent possible within the constraints of the weapons and sensors they have carried. With the upgrade to the IL 38 SB, the aircraft movement had gone up even more substantially,”
“The aircraft which has served us for over 46 years and various roles essentially maritime patrol aircraft, surveillance anti-submarine warfare has been supporting the fleet in surveillance and anti-submarine operations. It has clocked more than 51,000 hours in the last 46 years,” added Admiral R Hari Kumar.
navys ilyushin 38 sea dragon long range maritime patrol aircraft bids adieu after 46 yrs of service – The News Mill
The mighty ‘Winged Stallion’ that adorns the Squadron crest has been living up to the squadron motto of ‘Victory is my Profession’, keeping a sharp vigil over and beneath the seas, in its relentless pursuit to secure the nation’s maritime boundaries

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