Indian Navy decommissions fighter planes Sea Harriers

Indian Navy has decommissioned its aging fleet of iconic Sea Harriers at a function organised at INS Hansa base in Vasco, Goa.

The Harriers will be replaced by a squadron of Russian MIG 29k jets and the retired aircrafts will be put on display in museums.

About Sea Harriers

  • The aircraft was developed by the British in the 1960s. It was used for both reconnaissance and strike.
  • It is best known for the ability to take off and land vertically. It is only class of jet that can hover like a helicopter.
  • In India, they were in 1983 and since then had played a pivotal role in various operations including Vijay and Parakram apart from many naval exercises.
  • During their service, the aircrafts had operated from both INS Vikrant and INS Viraat aircraft carriers.
  • Its usage in the Falklands War was its most high-profile and important success, where it was the only fixed-wing fighter available to protect the British Task Force.

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