RUAG MRO International, the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of the Dornier 228, has accepted the first of two Bangladesh Navy (BN) Dornier 228-212 special mission aircraft for its 72-month inspection. The maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) contract was signed in Dhaka, Bangladesh, last April 3. The first aircraft was ferried from its home base by a crew comprised of RUAG technical pilots and BN maintenance technicians, arriving at the company’s production and assembly site at Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, on May 26.
The contract between RUAG MRO International and the BN ensures specialist maintenance, repair and overhaul support for the two special mission Dornier 228-212s. According to the terms of the contract, RUAG is also set to use the 72-month MRO inspections to assist BN maintenance technicians with maintenance training for expanding their work experience.
The BN uses the special mission Dornier 228s to support surveillance and patrol flights for all aspects of maritime security, exclusive economic zone control, and search and rescue (SAR) operations. “Our efforts in these naval and coast guard surveillance activities help ensure our nation’s safety and economic strength. Our mission schedules are rigorous, our flight plans demanding and availability must be guaranteed 24 hours a day,” explained Commodore Zahir, director purchase with the Bangladesh Navy. “We are confident that entrusting these heavy inspections to RUAG is essential to secure the reliability and performance we continue to expect from our aircraft, as we focus on these priorities on behalf of the Bangladesh people,” he confirmed.
“We are pleased to have Bangladesh Navy confirm their trust in us as a reliable partner,” added Michael Franz, director customer support for the Dornier 228 with RUAG MRO International. “Providing support for their aircraft enables their active operations for safeguarding their nation’s key resources.”
“We are in a unique position to offer comprehensive and integrated support services to Bangladesh Navy, as well as to all Dornier 228 operators,” said Volker Wallrodt, senior vice president Business Jets, RUAG MRO International. “Our team of customer support, engineering and technical specialists apply their thorough Dornier 228 knowledge to provide mission-adaptable solutions, upgrades and full life-cycle support services.”
An order for two special mission Dornier 228-212s, configured to perform maritime patrol and SAR missions along the Bangladesh coastline, was announced in July 2011. Equipment fit includes a 360° Telephonics RDR 1700B radar, integrated with a moving map display, plus air-deployable dinghies and life rafts. The aircraft were originally scheduled for delivery in April and May 2013, respectively, but were slightly delayed, with the first example arriving at Kurmitola on June 3, 2013. A further two aircraft were ordered during October 2017.