Maritime security: Mauritius inks MUR 5.07 bn deal with India’s HAL for aircraft
The Senior Chief Executive at the Prime Minister’s Office, Kan Oye Fong Weng-Poorun, and Managing Director of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd , S. Subrahmanyan. (Image: HAL-India)
Mauritius has turned to India to acquire the versatile HAL-made Dornier aircraft for maritime surveillance, to guard its coastline and help it police the extensive Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
In this context, the government of Mauritius signed a contract with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in Port Louis on Thursday November 27, 2014.
The contract was inked by the Senior Chief Executive of the Prime Minister’s Office, Kan Oye Fong Weng-Poorun, and by the Managing Director of HAL`s MiG Complex and Accessories, S. Subrahmanyan.
The High Commissioner of India to Mauritius, Anup Kumar Mudgal and Commissioner of Police, D. I. Ramprasad were also present on the occasion.
“Thanks to the support of the Ministry of Defence (MoD), External Affairs, our Coast Guard, and the Government of Mauritius, this contract for nearly USD 16 million (approximately MUR 5.07 billion) gives boost to our export efforts,” said HAL Chairman RK Tyagi.
HAL has fitted several role specific equipment on this aircraft to meet the specialized requirement of the customer, adds Dr. Tyagi.
In the past, the company had supplied helicopters and two Dornier aircraft in maritime version to Mauritius.
The inclusion of Dornier in the National Coast Guard and Mauritius Police Force would result in an extensive enhancement of the present search and rescue capability and provide strategic depth to policing the extensive Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
The maritime aircraft is equipped with combination of 360 degree Surveillance Radar, Forward Looking Infra-Red System, Traffic Collision and Avoidance System, Weather Radar and host of other customer specified sensors.
Besides, HAL will make continuous efforts through its strong research and design base to develop and integrate new modifications on such aircraft.
The HAL made Do-228 is reliable, 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 versatility of HAL made Dornier has several in-built features such as highest fuel carrying capacity in its class (2850 litres), low structural weight ensured through use of advanced composite materials, high wing design for unobstructed view and radar coverage, wide wheel base for better stability as well as short take-off and landing capability- the aircraft can take off from around 700 m and land within 575 m.