On 15 March 1983 Cosmos-1445 was launched on a repeat mission, coming down 556 km south of the Cocos
Islands. On station in the Indian Ocean apart from Navy vessels of the Black Sea fleet were the tracking
ships Cosmonaut Vladislav Volkov and Cosmonaut Pavel Belyayev as well as the Chumikan. Two Il-18RT tracking
aircraft were in the skies over Afghanistan to monitor the final part of the re-entry. Coming in the middle
of the Soviet-Afghan war, their missions were not without risk and they were escorted by a whole squadron
of Soviet fighter jets. Cosmos-I445 was again retrieved by the Yamal. Better prepared than during the
Cosmos-1374 mission, the Australians again photographed the recovery operation from a P-3C Orion patrol
aircraft as well as from a helicopter deployed from the hydrographic/oceanographic ship HMAS Moresby.
Some of the pictures were released to the public by the Australian Ministry of Defence in April 1983
Participants in the recovery operation later recalled that the Australian aircraft flew so low that
its slipstream nearly knocked them off their feet. Australian vessels monitoring the recovery operation
reportedly came so close that the Soviet crew members could use their binoculars to catch a glimpse of the
movies shown on giant screens on the upper decks in the evening.
Confident enough that they could bring back the BORs with sufficient precision, the Russians decided to
land the next two BORs in the Black Sea just west of Simferopol.
Landed in Indian Ocean.
Ref.: #1, #5(03/07), #14, #83 - update: 20.03.07