Ruag is pitching its Do 228NG (New Generation) for a requirement to replace the South African air force's antiquated Douglas DC-3 maritime patrol aircraft fleet.
As part of its offer, the Swiss company is proposing a private/public partnership model through which it would raise the capital required to lease the aircraft, says Klaus-Peter Leinauer, its vice-president of sales.
Ruag would also provide initial training and logistical support, such as supplying spare parts, with the company to partner with a local firm for many of those activities, Leinauer says.
South Africa would provide the hangars, fuel and parts storage facilities under the proposal, along with supplying pilots and further crew training.
Leinauer says Ruag is prepared to discuss a 10-year deal that would involve the provision of 1,000 flight hours per year.