These aircraft are designed not only for search, but also for the destruction of enemy submarines. They carry various torpedoes, anti-submarine aviation air launch rockets, anti-submarine bombs, mines and more. However, this time the crews were faced with the task of determining the location of enemy submarines.
The Tu-142 carried out the discharge of radio-acoustic buoys of the RSL-75, which easily catch any sound at a depth of 150 meters. The pilots were assisted by ships from the permanent operational compound of the Russian Navy in the Mediterranean.