HAL to hand over surveillance aircraft to Coast Guard
The Transport Aircraft Division of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited will hand over the Dornier-228 multi-role maritime surveillance aircraft to the director general of Coast Guard on Thursday. Over the years, HAL has produced 4-seater transport aircraft (HS-748), 18-seater multi-role transport aircraft called Dornier-228, Rohini & ITG-3 gliders, an agriculture aircraft called HA-31 Basant and a basic trainer aircraft called HPT-32.
“After a long and successful journey, HAL Kanpur has achieved another landmark with completion of its 100th Dornier 228 aircraft, which has been produced for Indian Coast Guard,” general manager of HAL, Kanpur, D Balasubramanian said.
Future projects of the division are Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT), SARAS light utility aircraft, 60 to 90-seater regional transport aircraft (RTA) for which deliveries would commence in 2012-13, he added.
Balasubramanian said that the contract signed between the government of India and Dornier GmbH of Germany on November 29, 1983 paved way for India’s national aeronautical industry to manufacture light transport aircraft for a variety of roles.
Dornier 228 represented a new generation of commuter and utility aircraft by incorporating advanced technology in design, manufacture and potential for future growth. For Hindustan Aeronautics limited, the Dornier 228 represented the opportunity to participate in the LTA programme.
HAL, Kanpur was selected to manufacture the air frame, including the wing of new technology and composite material for its structure. Later on, the facilities at HAL, Kanpur Division were augmented and a brand new plant was designed and built.
The Kanpur Division of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited achieved a major milestone with completion of the first five Dornier 228 light transport aircraft at its facilities at Chakeri during the financial year ending March 1996, he said.
The production of DO-228 aircraft was started in 1984 and the division had planned to produce a total of 150 such aircraft. Till date, 99 aircraft have been supplied as flyway/produced in the division for various customers like Indian Air Force, National Airport Authority, Indian Coast Guard, Indian Navy and Vayudoot. The division is geared up to produce another 12 aircraft for Indian Coast Guard. Two aircraft, in maritime surveillance version, have been exported to Mauritius.
“It is twin turbo-proof, high wing aircraft with a retractable tricycle landing gear. The cockpit is designed to accommodate two crew members and is fitted with duplicated controls. The cabin is designed to accommodate 15/19 passengers. Single, double bench and triple bench seats can be mounted on the four seat rails.
Three emergency exits are provided in the cabin area,” Balasubramanian said. The cabin door consists of two parts, the forward door is fitted with hinge mechanism that permits swing out or fold down.
There are two baggage compartments, one in the front and one in the rear. The main structure is of aluminium alloy, he added.Share this: Twitter | StumbleUpon | Facebook | Delicious | digg | reddit | buzz
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