HAL bags 1,090 crore con­tract for sup­ply­ing 14 Do-228 air­craft to IAF

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Hin­dus­tan Aero­nau­tics Limited (HAL) has bagged a ma­jor de­fence con­tract for sup­ply­ing 14 Do-228 air­craft pro­duced by HAL to the In­dian Air Force. “Apart from th­ese air­craft, the con­tract val­ued at around ` 1,090 crore in­cludes six re­serve en­gines, one flight sim­u­la­tor and as­so­ci­ated equip­ment”, says T. Su­varna Raju, Chair­man, HAL. “This also re­flects the trust of the de­fence cus­tomers on HAL and we re­main com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing In­dian de­fence ser­vices for all their needs”, he adds.

HAL Do-228 air­craft will be man­u­fac­tured by the Trans­port Air­craft Di­vi­sion at Kan­pur. The di­vi­sion has ex­per­tise in man­u­fac­tur­ing of trans­port and trainer cat­e­gory of air­craft and has till date man­u­fac­tured 125 HAL Do-228 air­craft for var­i­ous de­fence and other cus­tomers. This air­craft has been ex­ported to Sey­chelles and Mau­ri­tius. Last year, one Dornier was also sup­plied to Ben­galuru-based Elec­tron­ics and Radar Devel­op­ment Estab­lish­ment to be used as fly­ing test bed for eval­u­a­tion of per­for­mance of var­i­ous radars be­ing de­vel­oped by them.

HAL Do-228 is a highly re­li­able, mul­ti­pur­pose, fuel-ef­fi­cient, rugged, light­weight 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.

The ver­sa­til­ity of HAL-Do-228s are due to 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 m and land within 575 messen­tially 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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