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.