IAF receives six new Dornier Do-228 aircraft from HAL

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has received the first of six (6) brand-new Dornier Do-228 aircraft, exclusively manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

Noteworthy, these upgraded version of the aircraft boasts new engines, composite propellers, advanced avionics, and a modern glass cockpit.

Previously in March 2023, the Indian Ministry of Defence signed the deal with HAL for procurement of six (6) Dornier-228 aircraft from HAL for the IAF, with a budget of Rs 667 crore.

Originally employed by the IAF for Route Transport Role and communication tasks, these aircraft have also played a vital role in training transport pilots.

This new batch of six aircraft will feature enhanced fuel-efficient engines, combined with five-bladed composite propellers.

Their versatility makes them perfectly suited for short-haul operations, making use of semi-prepared or short runways, particularly in the northeastern and island regions of India.

The Dornier-228 aircraft is a multifunctional, lightweight transport aircraft, well-suited for a range of purposes.

Source: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/