Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority started assembling of the parts of Tupolev-142 anti submarine aircraft that was transported to the city in a dismantled form on February 14, 2020 from INS Rajali in Tamil Nadu. The aircraft was handed over to Kolkata on November 15, 2019 by the Indian Navy. Later the project was handed over to West Bengal Housing & Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco).
The aircraft nicknamed the ‘Bear’ was the heaviest, fastest and highest flying turbo propeller ever made in the world and was the mainstay of long range Maritime Reconnaissance and Anti Submarine Warfare operations of the Navy for close to three decades.
A total of eight Tupolev 142 M aircraft were part of all major naval exercises and operations of the Indian Navy, including Operation Cactus (1988) at Maldives, Operation Vijay (Kargil 1999), and Operation Parakram (2002).
It has flown for 3000 hours in its 30 years of service tenure. The Tu-142 has lived its total technical life and it is no longer economically viable to keep in service.