Indian Navy is slowly learning to phase out age old flying machines in a phased manner. The Indian Navy has phased out the iconic Sea Harrier maritime fighter after 33 years of service. The fleet was mainly used in protecting our seas and the naval team deserves all credit and the Sea Harrier saw them accomplishing their duty in the best way possible. The feature of the now phased out aircraft is that it can have a vertical take-off and landing capability which is an additional advantage. It is time to phase out old fighter aircrafts and we should have fresh fleet of the state of the art technology fighter planes to strengthen our border and the coastal areas and to protect our country from foreign invasion through land, sea and air. On its retirement, these fighter planes will be dispatched to various naval aviation centres as mementos. It is indeed a final flying experience for the British Aerospace built Sea Harrier to make way for better flying experience.
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