German aircraft manufacturer RUAG Aerospace has received the first ship-set of the new generation Dornier Do-228-212 NG aircraft from India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
The aircraft was delivered as part of export orders for structural assemblies of Do-228-212 NG, to jointly design and develop the aircraft.
HAL CMD T. Suvarna Raju said: "We have manufactured and supplied the ship-set in a record time, ahead of schedule commitment.
"This is the first of the four ship-sets for which HAL had received the export order only about four months ago."
In 2013, it was reported that HAL’s Transport Aircraft Division (TAD-Kanpur) signed a long-term agreement with RUAG for manufacture and supply of complete structural assemblies of Dornier DO-228 aircraft.
It was also agreed that the division will deliver fuselage, wing sections and control surfaces.
So far, HAL TAD-Kanpur has supplied more than 120 aircraft for the Indian Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard, with plans to upgrade these aircraft.
HAL Board has sanctioned for manufacture of two civil Dornier aircraft, which are expected to be operated from its own airport at Nasik.
Additionally, HAL is exploring cost reduction to make the aircraft feasible for more export opportunities.
The Do-228 is a twin-engine, multirole light transport aircraft which is available in six variant models Do-228-100, Do-228-101, Do-228-200, Do-228-201, Do-228-202 and Do-228-212.
The aircraft can be deployed in passenger and cargo transportation, as an air taxi, for corporate purposes, for aircrew training, maritime surveillance, search and rescue, border patrolling and medical evacuation missions.
Image: Officials seen during the handing over of the first ship-set. Photo: courtesy of HAL.