MoD, HAL sign Rs 458 Cr contract for two upgraded Dornier Aircraft

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) of India has signed a contract with DPSU Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for procurement of two Dornier Aircraft for Indian Coast Guard (ICG) along with associated Engineering Support package at an overall cost of Rs 458.87 crore.

The aircraft will be procured under the ”Buy (Indian)’ Category. 

Further, the aircraft will be fitted with a number of advanced equipment viz., Glass Cockpit, Maritime Patrol Radar, Electro Optic Infra-Red device, Mission Management System etc.

The addition will further bolster the aerial surveillance capability of maritime areas of responsibilities of the ICG. 

Notably, these Dornier aircraft are being indigenously manufactured at HAL (Transport Aircraft Division), Kanpur.

About Dornier Aircraft

The 19 seater HAL – DO – 228 aircraft is a highly versatile multi-purpose light transport aircraft.
It has been developed specifically to meet the manifold requirements of utility and commuter transport, third level services and air-taxi operations, coast guard duties and maritime surveillance.
External Dimensions Baggage Compartments
Wing span:16.97 m Volume(m3)(Front): 0.89
Overall length:16.56 m Volume(m3)(AFT):  2.60
Overall height:4.86 m Max load (kg)(Front):120
  Max load (kg)(AFT): 210
Cabin Power Plant
Pax seats: 19 Engine Model: Garrett TPE 331-5-252D
Length: 7.08 m Take-off power: 2 x 715 SHP flat rated to ISA + 18oC
Width: 1.35 m Propeller type: Hartzell four-bladed
Height: 1.55 m Propeller diameter: 2.69 m
Cargo door: 1.60m x 1.34 m Fuel capacity: 2850 ltrs (2250 kg)
Passenger door: 1.34m x 0.64 m Fuel consumption: 213 kg/hr
Weights Performance (short take-off and landing capabilities )
Max. Take off Weight( Maritime role): 6400 kg Max cruise speed: 428 km/hr
Max. Take off Weight( Commuter role): 6200 kg Max range speed: 333 km/hr
Max Landing Weight : 6100 kg Rate of climb: 9.7 m/s
Max Zero fuel Weight: 5590 kg  
  • Maritime Surveillance
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Troop Transport
  • Aerial Survey
  • Search and Rescue
  • Commuter Transport
  • Calibration of airport NAV-COM Aids
  • Remote Sensing Applications
  • Causality Evacuation
  • Executive Transport
  • Cargo & Logistics Support

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