Indian marine patrol aircraft DO-228 will fly in South China Sea's Air

Jan 31, 2013- India can supply Vietnam with the marine patrol aircraft DO-228 in the period of 2013-2014.

According to DefenceNow, The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) aims to produce 30 maritime surveillance aircraft Dornier DO-228 in the period 2013-2014 supplying the Indian Navy.

HAL will also manufacture 10 aircraft DO-228 for 6 countries: Vietnam, the Philippines, South Africa, Ecuador, Afghanistan and Thailand.

According to DefenceNow, this year India will give a DO-228 patrol aircraft for Saychelles (close ties with India). This aircraft will help Saychelles perform surveillance and anti-piracy waters.

Indian Defence Minister AK Antony is presenting at the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), to award a DO-228 to Saychelles President James Michel on January 31st.

Dornier DO-228 aircraft are multi-turbine engine blades manufactured by Dornier GmbH (Germany) production in the 1980s. In 1983, Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) has bought production licenses and produced 228 units for the Asian market. Price per a DO-228 unit is at about $ 7 millions.

The aircraft equipped with two turbine engine Garrett TPE-331 propeller that allows maximum speed of 433km / h, range more than 1,000 km, service ceiling at 8.535m. Plane just needs a runway of 750m to take off.

DO-228 is designed for taxi missions aviation, pilot training, maritime surveillance, search and rescue. In the role of passenger plane it carries up to 20 people.


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