Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Defence Ministry Inks Rs 667 Crore Deal With HAL For Six Dornier-228 Aircraft, Enhancing IAF’s Operational Strength

By Staff Correspondent

The Ministry of Defence has announced the signing of a contract with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) on 10 March 2023, for the procurement of six Dornier-228 aircraft, at a cost of Rs 667 crore. The Indian Air Force (IAF) will benefit from the new additions, which will be utilised for Route Transport Roles and communication duties, as well as training transport pilots of the IAF.

The aircraft, equipped with an upgraded fuel-efficient engine and a five-bladed composite propeller, is an ideal fit for short haul operations, particularly from semi-prepared and short runways in the North East and island chains of India. With the inclusion of these six aircraft, the IAF’s operational capabilities in remote areas will be further strengthened.

The Dornier-228 has a long-standing reputation for reliability and versatility in the field, making it an asset for any air force. The IAF’s decision to invest in these aircraft demonstrates its commitment to staying ahead of the curve and ensuring that its capabilities are always at their best.

The procurement of the new Dornier-228 aircraft is a crucial step towards ensuring that the IAF can carry out its mission with the highest levels of efficiency, reliability, and safety. This contract with HAL is a testament to the strong partnership between the Ministry of Defence and HAL, and their shared commitment to strengthening India’s defence capabilities.

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