The Indian Air Force (IAF) will buy 14 14 Dornier Do 228 aircraft produced by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), reported defence-blog.com. “Apart from these aircraft, the contract valued at around Rs 1090 crores includes six reserve engines, one flight simulator and associated equipment”, says T Suvarna Raju, Chairman, HAL.
“This also reflects the trust of the Defence customers on HAL and we remain committed to supporting Indian Defence Services for all their needs”, he adds.
HAL Do-228 aircraft will be manufactured by the Transport Aircraft Division at Kanpur. The Division has expertise in manufacturing of transport and trainer category of aircraft and has till date manufactured 125 HAL Do-228 aircraft for various defence and other customers.
This aircraft has been exported to Seychelles and Mauritius. Last year, one Dornier was also supplied to Bangalore based Electronics and Radar Development Establishment (LRDE) to be used as flying test bed (FTB) for evaluation of performance of various radars being developed by them.