RUAG MRO International has supported the avionics upgrade of two German Armed Forces Do 228 special mission aircraft to ADS-B Out standards.
The German defense procurement agency, the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw), contracted RUAG to provide ADS-B Out transponder kits and engineering services for the Do 228 Pollution Control aircraft. RUAG is the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) of the Dornier 228.
RUAG MRO International fulfilled the engineering requirements for the avionics upgrade, including necessary ADS-B Out kit modifications and approvals, from its customer support, engineering and production facilities at Oberpfaffenhofen, in July 2019. Specific OEM support featured configuration settings, final function tests, verification and supplemental military type certification as required by German Military Aviation Authority (LufABw).
The specialist team at German Naval Air Wing 3 implemented the integration on both multirole aircraft during scheduled maintenance events. Aircraft 57+04 was successfully upgraded in December 2019, with aircraft 57+05 following in August 2020.
“Trust, reliability and direct access to OEM support, as with these ADS-B upgrade kits, are crucial for our network of operators and customers. They provide essential services, now more than ever, and their mission and operational success is our priority,” confirms Michael Franz, Director Customer Support Dornier 228, RUAG MRO International.
The two Dornier 228 aircraft are operated by the German Navy (Deutsche Marine) on behalf of the Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur, BMVI) to monitor the North and Baltic Seas with regards to marine pollution. Operational flexibility is essential as the multirole platforms operate across national borders and coastal waters in support of surveillance missions, maritime emergencies and search and rescue (SAR) operations.
Both special mission aircraft are based at German Naval Air Wing 3 (Marinefliegergeschwader 3) at Nordholz Naval Airbase (Fliegerhorst Nordholz).