The first of two Bangladesh Navy (BN) Dornier 228-212 special mission aircraft has arrived at RUAG MRO International’s production and assembly site at Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany.

RUAG is the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of the Dornier 228 aircraft. The company delivered the first two Dornier 228s to BN in June 2013.

A second order was placed in 2017 to deliver two more aircraft to the navy to support maritime air patrol and rescue missions.

RUAG received a contract in April this year to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) support for two BN Dornier 228-212 aircraft.

The first Dornier arrived at the OEM’s site on 26 May as part of this contract for a 72-month inspection.

RUAG MRO International Dornier 228 Customer Support director Michael Franz said: “We are pleased to have Bangladesh Navy confirm their trust in us as a reliable partner. Providing support for their aircraft enables their active operations for safeguarding their nation’s key resources.”

Under the contract, RUAG will also provide maintenance training to BN maintenance technicians during the MRO inspection period.

The Dornier 228s are used by BN to support surveillance and patrol flights for maritime security, exclusive economic zone control, and search-and-rescue (SAR) operations.

Bangladesh Navy Purchase director commodore Zahir said: “Our efforts in these naval and coastguard surveillance activities help ensure our nation’s safety and economic strength. Our mission schedules are rigorous, our flight plans demanding and availability must be guaranteed 24 hours a day.

“We are confident that entrusting these heavy inspections to RUAG is essential to secure the reliability and performance we continue to expect from our aircraft, as we focus on these priorities on behalf of the Bangladesh people.”

The Dornier 228 has long-range, high utilisation rates and high payload, and can be used as special mission, commuter or cargo transportation aircraft.

It is equipped with the Honeywell TPE-331-10 single shaft engine.