APPROVAL FOR India’s acquisition of a new batch of 12 Dornier 228 surveillance aircraft was granted on October 25 at a meeting of the country’s Defence Acquisition Council. The cost will be around $302.256 million.
The aircraft will be in an upgraded configuration, compared to those already in service, with enhanced sensor systems, although no specific details were revealed. The type, which is built under licence by HAL, is in service with the Indian Air Force, Coast Guard and Navy. As they are to be in a surveillance configuration, it is assumed they will join either to Coast Guard or Navy, most likely the latter, as both already use the type in this role. Alan Warnes