"The objective is to educate citizens on the activities of the Indian Navy and its service to the nation," Tourism Secretary B. Venkatesham said.

Telangana govt proposes aircraft and submarine museum in Hyd writes to CentreFile photo: TU-142M (Twitter/Indian Navy)
news Tourism Saturday, January 05, 2019 - 09:24

The Telangana government has urged the Ministry of Defence to provide a war flight and a submarine to turn them into museum in Hyderabad. It has sought TU-142M, an anti-submarine de-inducted last year, and a submarine for display for people and the tourists visiting Hyderabad.

Tourism Secretary B. Venkatesham on Friday said that he has approached Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) Chairman Dr. Satish Reddy and Secretary, Department of Defence.

Eight TU-142 M were inducted into the Indian Navy in 1988. The Soviet-era aircraft, known as one of the most formidable airborne reconnaissance platforms around the world, were part of all major naval exercises and operations. They were re-inducted last year.

Two of these aircraft were re-assembled in Visakhapatnam and West Bengal. "The objective is to educate citizens on the activities of the Indian Navy and its service to the nation," Venkatesham said.

The TU-142M aircraft was the heaviest, fastest and highest flying Turbo prop in the world which had been the mainstay of long range maritime reconnaissance and Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Operations of the Indian Navy for close to three decades.

Telangana’s Department of Tourism is planning to demonstrate the museum in coordination with DRDO which would encourage a lot of youngsters to join the defence, he said.

The neighbouring state of Andhra Pradesh already hosts a submarine as well as an aircraft museum in Visakhapatnam.

It was in 2017 that one of the TU-142M, a long range Maritime Patrol aircraft of the Indian Navy which was decommissioned after 29 years of service, arrived in Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and was later converted into a museum.

The aircraft was dismantled at INS Dega and shifted to the site for assembling and converting it into a museum. Since then, it has been on display opposite the Kursura Submarine museum in the city’s Ramakrishna or ‘RK’ Beach.


IANS inputs