India to present Dornier aircraft to Seychelles
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
New Delhi, Jan 25, IRNA -- India will gift a Dornier DO-228 aircraft to Seychelles to carry out surveillance and anti-piracy missions.
Defence Minister A K Antony will present Hindustan Aeronautics Limited's (HAL) Dornier DO-228 aircraft to Seychelles President James Michel on January 31.
Seychelles and HAL had signed a contract for two aircraft on February 2012, and promised to deliver by 2014. However, HAL is handing over one of the aircraft a year in advance.
General Manager of HAL, Kanpur D Balasubramaniyam said at a press conference in Kanpur on Thursday that HAL has manufactured a total of 117 Dornier DO-228 aircraft till now, and presented to Regional Air Services, Defence Forces - Coast Guard, Navy and Air Force, pti reported. In 2013-14, HAL is planning to make 30 Dornier DO-228 aircraft for Air Force, Navy and DRDO, and 10 aircraft for South Africa, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Philippines, Thailand and Ecuador, he said. India has also presented two Dornier aircraft to Mauritius.
The GM said since the central government is planning to connect small cities to metros and bigger cities, they have asked HAL to increase manufacturing of Dornier to be used as Civil passenger aircraft.
This highly fuel-efficient and low maintenance aircraft can fly for 5.5 hours upto 2,500 kilometres and needs only 750 meter space for runway.
Dornier 228 aircraft has two Garrett TPE Engines and fuel efficiency of 2,859 ltr with maximum speed at 428 km per hour.
HAL was given the licence by Dornier GmbH of Germany to manufacture Dornier as a light transport aircraft on November 29, 1983.
Two crew members and 15-19 passengers can sit in the aircraft.
The Dornier DO-228 aircraft can be used for Air Taxi, Utility, Corporate, Aircrew Training, apart from Maritime Surveillance, Search & Rescue and for Observation and Communication duties.
HAL will provide digital auto pilot facility and glass cockpit aircraft to Indian Air force and foreign countries.
Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 1055546
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