The Indian Air Force (IAF) is set to receive a boost in its operational capability with the procurement of six Dornier-228 aircraft from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). The contract, valued at Rs.667 crore, was signed between the Union Ministry of Defence and HAL, and the aircraft will be utilized for communication, transport, and training purposes.
Dornier-228 Aircraft Features and Capabilities
The Dornier-228 aircraft has been chosen by the IAF for its fuel-efficient engine and five-bladed composite propeller, which make it an ideal fit for short haul operations on semi-prepared/short runways. Additionally, it is well-suited for use in the remote regions of India, such as the North East and island regions, due to its versatile capabilities.
The aircraft is capable of carrying up to 19 passengers and can be equipped with a range of communication and navigation systems. It can operate in a variety of weather conditions, including harsh terrains and extreme temperatures, making it an ideal aircraft for the IAF’s operations.
Training Tool for Transport Pilots in the IAF
Apart from being used for communication and transport purposes, the Dornier-228 aircraft will also serve as a training tool for transport pilots in the IAF. This will help in the development of pilot skills in the use of the aircraft in remote areas.
The Dornier-228 aircraft has been in service with the IAF since 1983 and has proven to be a reliable aircraft in various operations. The procurement of six new aircraft will help in maintaining the IAF’s operational readiness and ensure that it continues to be prepared for any future contingencies.
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