An Indian Air Force Do-228 produced by HAL (Image © Hindustan Aeronautics Limited)

Indian Air Force buys more Do-228s

A legendary German design lives on. The Indian Air Force ordered 14 Dornier Do-228, produced by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) on 5 February 2015.

HAL will manufacture the planes in Kanpur, where it already produced 125 Do-228s since 1983, even before the German aircraft company started by Claudius Dornier in 1914 went upside down in 2002. In Europe Swiss RUAG continues with Dorniers legacy, in Asia HAL continues its commitment to the Do-228. The type was exported to the Seychelles and Mauritius. One Dornier was 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.

The newest Indian Air Force order includes six reserve engines, a flight simulator and associate equipment. The Do-228 has dual controls, while the cabin can accommodate 19 passengers in commuter configuration. It has a maximum cruise speed of 190 knots and a service ceiling of 28,000 feet. Fully loaded its range is 715 nautical miles (1,111 km or 823 miles). It is powered by a pair of Garrett AiResearch TPE 331-5-252D engines with four-bladed propellers.

The Do-228 can take off from an airstrip no longer than 2296 feet (700 m) and land within 1600 feet (575 m) and it can operate from semi-prepared surfaces. Apart from the indoor load, four hard points can hold up to 2270 lbs (1030 kg) of external load.

The Indian Air Force already operates 40 Do-228s, flying from Palam Air Force Station (shared with Indira Gandhi Intl in Delhi) with 3 Wing and from Yelahanka AFS in Bangalore with the Training Command. The Indian Navy operates 26 aircraft of the type, with 6 more on order. The Indian Coast Guard flies 38 Do-228s in the maritime surveillance and search and rescue role.

© 2015 editor Marcel Burger, including source information provided by HAL
Featured image: An Indian Air Force Do-228 produced by HAL (Image © Hindustan Aeronautics Limited)

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