Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) on Thursday handed over the Dornier (DO-228) aircraft “Nabhratna” to Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO). The promise was ahead of schedule at a program. Dr RK Tyagi, Chairman, HAL presented the keys of the aircraft to Avinash Chander, Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri in presence of senior officers from HAL, DRDO and other establishments. Speaking on the occasion, SA to RM, hailed HAL for being proactive and delivering the aircraft six months ahead of schedule.
“We needed this aircraft much more than anything else for testing of radar in air as we had to depend on others to loan the aircraft. Thanks to HAL, our dream has now been realized. The use of flying test bed (FTB) aircraft will reduce the cycle time for development for airborne system,” he said.
“Money invested for the aircraft will give us returns many times more as the aircraft will prove its worth in the months to come”, he added.