Hyderabad: Defence Public Sector Undertaking (DPSU) Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has in a major step forward developed a small civil transport aircraft, Hindustan 228, a 19-seater that can be operated even in semi-prepared and unpaved airstrips.
Apurba Roy, General Manager, HAL told a news agency that, “in Hindustan 228, the design has been transferred to us from Dornier GmbH. This particular aircraft is under type certification and will have it in the name of Hindustan 228. All the testing parameters have been completed.
“There is a huge potential for these kinds of aircraft in the market. There are few aircraft in India and across the world that are designed for short-haul travel and can operate on a semi-prepared runway. This aircraft can have many utilities. They can be used as an ambulance, cargo, parajam or paradrop, etc. It is a multi-utility aircraft,” he said.
Roy said HAL is making six more such aircraft. The 19-seater aircraft has no toilet. And if the toilet is added then seating capacity will be 17. The engine of the aircraft is not made in India.
“There is a lot of interest shown from the state governments as well as private parties to make it deployable in the Udaan scheme,” he added.