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Hindustan Aeronautics Wins $177 Mn Air Force Deal

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State-run Hindustan Aeronautics has won a 10.9 billion rupee ($177 million) deal to supply the Indian Air Force with 14 new turboprop Do-228 aircraft, the Ministry of Defence said on Thursday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government wants to modernise India's armed forces by replacing ageing equipment with home-made hardware built by local and foreign companies, and cut back on what is the world's largest import bill for arms.
HAL has so far manufactured 125 Do-228 light utility aircraft, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.
Apart from the HAL Do-228 aircraft, the contract includes six reserve engines, one flight simulator and associated equipment, said T. Suvarna Raju, chairman of HAL.
The delivery is expected to be completed in the next 3-4 years, sources said.
HAL Do-228 is a multi-purpose, fuel efficient, rugged, light weight twin turboprop aircraft with a retractable tricycle landing gear.
The cockpit is designed to accommodate two crew members and is fitted with duplicate controls. The cabin can accommodate 19 passengers in commuter configuration.
The Do-228 aircraft will be manufactured by the Transport Aircraft Division at Kanpur.
The Division takes care of manufacturing of transport and trainer category of aircraft and has till date manufactured 125 HAL Do-228 aircraft for various defence and other customers.
This aircraft has been exported to Seychelles and Mauritius.
Last year, one Dornier was also supplied to Bangalore based Electronics and Radar Development Establishment (LRDE) to be used as flying test bed (FTB) for evaluation of performance of various radars being developed by them, an official statement said.
In October, the Defence Acquisition Council had cleared the purchase of another 12 Dornier surveillance aircraft with enhanced sensors for the Navy at a cost of Rs 1,850 crore.