Dornier aircraft

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  • August 17, 2022
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In News: India handed over a Dornier aircraft to Sri Lanka in the presence of President Ranil Wickremesinghe, reaffirming its security ties with the island nation.

  • Security of India and Sri Lanka are enhanced by mutual understanding, mutual trust and cooperation. Gifting of Dornier 228 is India’s latest contribution to this cause.
  • The Indian gift was in response to a request from the Sri Lankan government in 2018 for two Dornier Reconnaissance Aircraft to enhance the maritime surveillance capabilities of the island nation
  • The gift to Sri Lanka will equip the country to contribute more towards the security of the Indian Ocean Region at large.
  • Sri Lanka is a member of the ‘Colombo Security Conclave’, which began as a trilateral initiate involving India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives, and later included Mauritius, for maritime cooperation in the region.

Dornier 228

  • The Dornier 228 is a general aircraft with twin engines capable of carrying at least 19 passengers.
  • With its Short-Take off and Landing (STOL) capability, it is capable of operating on short runways as well as in hot environments.
  • The Dornier 228 has been marketed as a general-service aircraft capable of operating in many roles such as military transport, couter aircraft or cargo hauler.

It carries our special missions such as:

  • Maritime Surveillance
  • Border Patrol
  • Medical Evacuations
  • Search and Rescue
  • Paradrops
  • Environmental research
  • It is fitted with special equipment such as 360-degree surveillance radar, searchlights, operator stations, enlarged fuel tanks, satellite uplink etc.

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Source: The Hindu


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