Mau­ri­tius signs con­tract with HAL for Dornier air­craft


Bi­lat­eral ties of In­dia and Rus­sia are a key pil­lar of In­dian for­eign pol­icy, since the sign­ing of the Dec­la­ra­tion on the In­dia-Rus­sian Strate­gic Part­ner­ship in 2000, Reg­u­lar high level in­ter­ac­tions have taken place in the re­cent past.

Colonel Gen­eral Vik­tor Niko­lae­vich Bon­darev, Com­man­der-in-Chief of Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion Air Force (RFAF) called on Air Chief Mar­shal Arup Raha at Air Head­quar­ters (Vayu Bha­van), Novem­ber 17.

Some of the ma­jor pro­cure­ment con­tracts signed with Rus­sia for the In­dian

The Gov­ern­ment of Mau­ri­tius signed a con­tract with HAL in Mau­ri­tius cap­i­tal Port Louis to ac­quire the ver­sa­tile HAL-made Dornier air­craft for mar­itime surveil­lance to guard its ex­ten­sive coast­line. The con­tract was signed by Kan Oye Fong Weng Poorun, Se­nior Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice (Mau­ri­tius) and by S. Subrah­manyan, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, HAL (MiG Com­plex and Ac­ces­sories).

“Thanks to the support of the Min­istry of De­fence (MoD), Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs, our Coast Guard, and Gov­ern­ment of Mau­ri­tius, this con­tract worth nearly ` 100 crore ($16 mil­lion) gives boost to our ex­port ef­forts”, says Dr R.K. Tyagi, Chair­man, HAL.

HAL has fit­ted sev­eral role spe­cific equip­ment on this air­craft to meet the spe­cialised re­quire­ment of the cus­tomer, adds Dr Tyagi. In the past, the company sup­plied he­li­copters (Chee­tah, Chetak and Dhruv) and two Dornier air­craft in mari- time ver­sion to Mau­ri­tius. The in­clu­sion of Dornier in the Na­tional Coast Guard, Mau­ri­tius Po­lice Force would re­sult in an ex­ten­sive en­hance­ment of the present search and res­cue ca­pa­bil­ity and pro­vide strate­gic depth to polic­ing the ex­ten­sive ex­clu­sive eco­nomic zone (EEZ).

The ver­sa­til­ity of HAL-made Dornier has sev­eral in-built fea­tures such as high­est fuel car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity in its class (2,850 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, wide wheel base for bet­ter sta­bil­ity, short take-off and land­ing ca­pa­bil­ity – the air­craft can take off from around 700 me­tres and land within 575 me­tres— es­sen­tially re­quired for op­er­a­tions from short and semi-pre­pared air­fields, sturdy land­ing gears, rec­tan­gu­lar cabin of­fer­ing more head space for pas­sen­gers and mount­ing space for equip­ment in case of spe­cial mis­sion con­fig­u­ra­tion as op­posed to cir­cu­lar cabin, low floor level and wide door for easy load­ing/un­load­ing of cargo, flight open­able roller door, four wing hard points for mount­ing of ex­ter­nal loads up to 1,030 kg, op­ti­mum per­for­mance at nor­mal cruis­ing al­ti­tude for short haul ap­pli­ca­tions en­abled by the rev­o­lu­tion­ary de­sign of wing aero­foil.

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