The Seychelles Coast Guard has just taken delivery of a Dornier 228 light transport aircraft donated by the Indian Government. The aircraft was received by the Seychelles President Danny Faure in a ceremony held on 26th of June at the Palam Air Force Station located in Delhi, India.
During the handover ceremony, Danny Faure quoted that the donated aircraft will be used to boost Seychelles' maritime surveillance capability and also to enhance patrol operations needed to secure the it's "extensive Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of 1.4 million km²”.
The Do-228 is a twin-engine, multirole light transport aircraft designed and developed jointly by Indian aircraft manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and RUAG Aerospace, Germany. It is derived from a Dornier Do-28 light transport and liaison aircraft. Around 270 Do-228s were built and 127 of them are currently in service worldwide.
This is the second Dornier Do 228 to be donated to the Seychelles Coast Guard with the first being in 2013.
Other topics the two leaders discussed during the handover includes six signed agreements for further cooperation in the areas of maritime and cyber security, infrastructure development and diplomacy.
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