New Delhi: The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) on Thursday bagged a major defence contract for supplying 14 Do-228 aircrafts to the Indian Air Force.
Confirming the development, T Suvarna Raju, chairman of HAL, said, “Apart from these aircraft, the contract valued at around Rs 1090 crores includes six reserve engines, one flight simulator and associated equipment.”
The HAL Do-228 aircrafts will be manufactured by the Transport Aircraft Division (TAD) at Kanpur, an offical release confirmed.
The TAD has till date manufactured 125 HAL Do-228 aircrafts for defence and for export 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.
HAL Do-228 is a highly reliable, multi-purpose, fuel efficient, rugged, light weight twin turboprop aircraft with a retractable tricycle landing gear. The cockpit is designed to accommodate two crew members and is fitted with duplicate controls. The cabin can accommodate 19 passengers in commuter configuration.
The versatility of HAL DO-228s are due to several in-built features such as highest fuel carrying capacity in its class (2850 litres) due to integral fuel tanks in wings, low structural weight ensured through use of advanced composite materials, high wing design for unobstructed view and radar coverage.
The aircraft has a wide wheel base for better stability, short take-off and landing capability.
The HAL DO-228 can take off from a stri of around 700 metres and land within 575 metres — essentially required for operations from short and semi-prepared airfields.