FARNBOROUGH: RUAG repositions Dornier 228 for twin markets

RUAG says it is refocusing the way it markets the Dornier 228 NG, the long-running high-wing twin-turboprop it relaunched production of in 2010.

The Swiss company, which is exhibiting a demonstrator example of the aircraft in the static display, says demand for the type is coming from two distinct markets. In maritime patrol, the aircraft offers a low-cost platform for coastal surveillance and deterrence, and in air transport, its high-wing, fuel-efficient design makes it ideal for accessing remote areas with poor infrastructure.

RUAG will finish delivering an initial production batch of eight Honeywell TPE331-10-powered 228s by the end of the year, and has secured 12 further orders.

Six will go to existing customer the Venezuelan air force, which operates a number of thin domestic air routes on behalf of the government. The others are to undisclosed buyers.

Of the initial eight, Venezuela is taking delivery of two. Five of the others are operated in a maritime patrol role by Bangladesh, Germany and Norway.

Indian company TATA builds the 228's fuselage and wings, with the shells shipped to the former Dornier plant in Oberpfaffenhofen, near Munich, for outfitting.

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