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IAF Receives Two Upgraded Do-228 Aircraft; To Expand Logistics Capabilities

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has received the first of six new Dornier Do-228 aircraft from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). The upgraded aircraft features new engines, advanced avionics, and a modern glass cockpit. The versatile aircraft is well-suited for short-haul operations and can be used for various purposes, including utility transport and maritime surveillance. This addition will enhance the IAFโ€™s operational capability, particularly in remote areas.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has welcomed the arrival of the first of six brand-new Dornier Do-228 aircraft, exclusively manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). This upgraded version of the aircraft boasts new engines, composite propellers, advanced avionics, and a modern glass cockpit.

Dornier Do 228 Aircraft Collage

The Ministry of Defence inked the deal back in March, securing the procurement of six 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 north-eastern and island regions of India. The Dornier-228 aircraft is a multifunctional, lightweight transport aircraft, well-suited for a range of purposes. Designed to fulfil various needs, from utility and commuter transport to maritime surveillance, the Dornier-228 aircraft is a highly adaptable asset. The addition of these six aircraft will significantly reinforce the IAFโ€™s operational capability, particularly in remote and challenging areas.

The Indian Navy has demonstrated its strong regional partnership by presenting its Dornier Do-228 maritime patrol aircraft to the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF). This gesture reflects the enduring cooperation between India and Sri Lanka, underlining the importance of regional unity.

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