The Bangladesh Navy’s fourth Do228NG (314-04) undertook a test flight from Oberpfaffenhofen to Braunschweig in Germany on 22nd June 2022. It indicates the aircraft will be delivered shortly to the Navy in accordance with contractual obligations.
The 3rd Do228NG (314-03) was delivered to the Bangladesh Navy at the end of 2021. It is on record for being the first aircraft built by General Atomics AeroTec Systems (GA-ATS) after the US-origin company took over the management from RUAG in March 2021.
The special mission Do228NG features advanced equipment and systems to fulfill the requirements of the Bangladesh Navy, including roles such as reconnaissance flights, maritime surveillance, search and rescue (SAR) missions, medical evacuation (MEDEVAC), cargo and military transportation.
GA-ATS notes the special mission aircraft delivered can carry a payload of about 2,000 kilograms. It is 16.56 meters long, 4.86 meters high, and has a wingspan of 16.97 meters. The “Do 228” can take off and land even on short airstrips. With a maximum range of about 1,690 kilometres it can stay in the air for more than eight hours.
The German aircraft manufacturer General Atomics AeroTec Systems (GA-ATS) focuses on the maintenance and repair of business aircraft and military helicopters as well as the production and maintenance of the Dornier 228 at its Oberpfaffenhofen site with around 400 employees. General Atomics AeroTec Sys-tems GmbH is a subsidiary of General Atomics Europe GmbH.