RUAG Aviation has been awarded an order to deliver two new Dornier 228 aircraft to the Bangladesh Navy for maritime air patrol and rescue missions.
The order is expected to strengthen Bangladesh’s efforts to enhance the country’s safety by increasing the navy and coastguard’s surveillance activities.
RUAG Aviation Dornier 228 & Components, Business Jets senior vice-president Volker Wallrodt said: “The multi-role platform is the ideal tool for Bangladesh Navy as they develop their Dornier 228 fleet to strengthen their strategic capabilities and enhance continuity in their active operations for safeguarding their nation’s key natural resources and territory.”
The two new production aircraft will be added to the navy’s existing fleet of two Dornier 228s, which were previously delivered by RUAG in June 2013.
The aircraft will be deployed to support surveillance and patrol flights for all aspects of maritime security, exclusive economic zone control, patrolling of the sea routes, territorial waters, coastal areas, and wetlands, secure fishery operations and critical vessel tracking.
RUAG Aviation regional sales manager Thomas Imke said: “BN’s overriding priority is the protection of Bangladesh people, interests, and economic advantages.
“It has entrusted a key aspect of this vision to the Dornier 228 since the purchase of their first two new production models in 2011.
“The mission-adaptable sensors and systems, as well as communications systems, supported by the Dornier 228 in its multi-role configuration, are providing BN with the accurate data and information they require for achieving success.”
Dornier 228 aircraft are designed to offer speed, range and endurance capabilities that allow several naval and coast guard services worldwide to better defend and protect their resources and coastlines.
Image: Dornier 228 aircraft in flight. Photo: courtesy of RUAG Group.