India gifts HAL Do-228 aircraft to Seychelles

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s aircraft is slated to fly on the island nation’s Independence Day

GN Bureau | June 26, 2018


#India   #Economic Zone   #Seychelles   #Sushma Swaraj   #HAL   #PSU   #Delhi  

India has gifted a HAL Do-228 aircraft to the Republic of Seychelles at a ceremony in New Delhi on June 26.The aircraft was handed over by external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj to the President, Republic of Seychelles Danny Faure. India believes that this will strengthen the maritime surveillance of the island nation.  

The timing of handing over the aircraft holds significance as Seychelles will be celebrating its 42nd Independence Day on June 29 and the aircraft would be flown on the day. Appreciating India’s support, President Faure described the momentous occasion as a historical day and said the inclusion of HAL Do-228 aircraft would bolster the coastal surveillance of Seychelles and provide strategic assistance in policing its extensive exclusive economic zone. 

The aircraft, manufactured by HAL is equipped with combination of 360 degree surveillance radar, forward looking infrared system, satellite communication etc and host of other customer specified sensors.  
The first such aircraft was handed over to Seychelles on January 31, 2013 ahead of promised delivery schedule. During his visit to Seychelles in March 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that India would gift one additional Do-228 aircraft to Seychelles. Accordingly, the contract for supply of Do-228 to Seychelles was signed between HAL and MEA on March 16, 2017 followed by another contract between the government of Seychelles and HAL on March 29, 2017.
 
The aircraft is designed for multipurpose utility like EEZ monitoring, maritime surveillance, pollution monitoring and control, search and rescue and commuter services. The aircraft is designed to accommodate a crew of 21 members. 
Describing the event as another milestone in furthering bilateral defence cooperation between India and Seychelles, Swaraj said, “The handing over of HAL Do 228 to Seychelles reflects the firm commitment and continued engagement of the government of India in further developing, consolidating and expanding the comprehensive multifaceted cooperation between India and Seychelles”.
 

 

Comments

 

Other News

Understanding immunity: How to boost it during Covid-19

In a first, the Department of Home Science, Sri Padmavati Mahila Visvavidayalam (Women’s University) Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, recently organized an international webinar on “Nutrition and Immune System Support during COVID-19 Pandemic”. Speakers included eminent national and internationa

Covid-19: India’s recovery rate improves to 59.43%

Even as Unlock enters the second phase, the number of Covid-19 infections continues to rise to record levels and India remains No 4 in the worldwide list, yet there is glimmer of hope: its recovery rate is also rising in tandem. There are 1,27,864 recovered cases more than the active Covid-1

Coming soon at a station near you: private trains!

A long-debated idea is finally coming to fruition as the Indian railways has decided to join hands with the private sector, in running some train services to begin with. The ministry of railways has invited ‘request for qualifications’ (RFQ) for private participation for operatio

A place of local democracy in pandemic governance: The case of Mumbai

Democracy in India is now taken for a fact, with an unstated assumption that all our institutions are democratic and hence often our successes and more often failures are attributed to ‘democracy’. However, a key frontier where democracy remains a challenge is that of local governments and that

Why TikTok, other apps were banned: “Engaged in anti-India activities”

India, facing China’s aggressiveness at border, has banned 59 smartphone apps, including TikTok, as they were indulging in activities harmful to India’s sovereignty and integrity. The reason cited was: “in view of information available they are engaged in activities which [

Gaganyaan mission not affected by pandemic

The launch of India’s first human space mission, ‘Gaganyaan’, will not be affected by Covid-19 and preparations are going on in the right direction even amid the pandemic. This was disclosed by minister of state (independent charge) development of north eastern region (DoNE



Archives

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter