RUAG Aviation has signed a contract for the sale of two more Dornier 228 twin-turboprop aircraft to the Bangladesh Navy (BN) to be delivered in 2018, the Switzerland-based company announced.
The new production aircraft will add to the two Dornier 228 NG maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) already in service with the BN, and will be used to “support surveillance and patrol flights for all aspects of maritime security, exclusive economic zone control, and search-and-rescue (SAR) operations”, according to the company.
“The 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,” Thomas Imke, the company’s regional sales manager said in a statement.
Leonardo has signed a contract with RUAG Aviation to provide its Seaspray 5000E Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radars for the two new aircraft which will be used to help monitor and protect Bangladesh’s 120,000 square kilometres of maritime territorial area and exclusive economic zone (EEZ).