India donates Do 228 to the Seychelles

The second Do 228 donated to the Seychelles by India was handed over to Seychelles President Danny Faure during a ceremony on June 26 at Air Force Station Palam in Delhi, India. Seychelles State House

The Indian government has donated a second Dornier 228 aircraft to the Seychelles Air Force. India had pledged the aircraft to the island nation in 2015. The aircraft, built by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), is configured for the maritime surveillance role and is fitted with a 360° search radar, forward-looking infrared, satellite communications, ground proximity warning system and other avionics. HAL will provide training and support. The aircraft will join the first Do 228 handed over to the Seychelles in January 2013. The most recent donation comes as the Seychelles rejected an agreement for India to build a naval base on Assumption Island. India has donated aircraft, patrol boats and other equipment to the Seychelles to secure its maritime domain. Guy Martin