Indian state-owned aircraft manufacturer, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has signed a contract with the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) for a midlife upgrade program on 17 Dornier Do-228 maritime surveillance aircraft.
The contract was signed between Apurba Roy, General Manager of HAL’s Transport Aircraft Division (TAD) Kanpur and Sanjai Singh, Joint Secretary & Acquisition Manager (Air) at the Indian Ministry of Defence during the DefExpo 2020 exposition in Lucknow on Feb. 7.
The Mid Life Upgrade of ICG’s 17 Do 228 aircraft was approved by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) in 2018.
ICG is responsible for protecting the national interests in maritime zones of India which entails surveillance of sea areas of approximately 2.01 million square kilometers of India’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). ICG is also the nodal agency in India for maritime pollution response. The Coast Guard has a fleet of Dornier aircraft which play a pivotal role in maritime surveillance.
The Dornier Do 228 is a twin-turboprop STOL utility aircraft, originally developed by Germany’s Dornier GmbH (later DASA Dornier, Fairchild-Dornier). In 1983, Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) bought a production license and manufactured 125 aircraft as of 2014.