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Thai Dornier 228s undergo upgrade
RUAG MRO International is modernising Dornier 228 aircraft operated by the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) for EEZ patrols, maritime ISR and SAR operations.
The upgrade includes the installation of glass cockpits, a remodelled interior and new mission equipment as well as upgraded avionics, RUAG MRO noted in a 5 February statement.
New equipment includes installation of a 360° search radar and IR cameras as well as a mission management and data link system.
RUAG MRO is initially working on two of the seven RTN Dornier 228s. The first aircraft has already been disassembled in situ before being transported to Germany by An-124 for the overhaul.
The company will also provide training in Germany and Thailand for RTN personnel.
According to Shephard Defence Insight, the Dornier 228 can be used for special mission operations taking place between low altitudes and 10,000ft, with a 223kt cruising speed and up to 10h mission endurance.
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