HINDUSTAN AERONAUTICS Ltd (HAL) has received an order for a new Dornier 228 from the Government of Mauritius, which will use the aircraft for maritime surveillance of the island nation’s extensive coastline. Announcing the order on November 28, HAL said that a contract for the aircraft had been signed the previous day in Port Louis, the country’s capital. The deal was signed by Mrs Kan Oye Fong Weng Poorun, Senior Chief Executive, Prime Minister’s Office (Mauritius) and by Mr S Subrahmanyan, Managing Director, HAL (MiG Complex and Accessories).
Various role-specific items of equipment will be fitted to the aircraft, including a 360° surveillance radar, Forward Looking Infra-Red system, Traffic Collision and Avoidance System, weather radar and various other customer-specified sensors.
The Mauritius National Coast Guard’s Maritime Air Squadron, based at Port Louis-Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, already operates two other HAL-Dornier 228s. The first of these has been in service since July 1990, while the second joined it in March 2004. The addition of a third aircraft will considerably enhance the country’s ability to police its extensive Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) while also improving search and rescue capabilities. Alan Warnes