Guyana Receives Dornier 228 Planes from India

Guyana wants to reportedly buy patrol vehicles, radars, and armored vehicles from India
  • Defensemirror.com bureau
  • 01:29 PM, April 1, 2024
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Guyana Receives Dornier 228 Planes from India
Dornier 228 for Guyana

India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has handed over two Dornier 228 planes to the Guyana Defense Force (GDF), as confirmed by the country’s President Dr. Irfaan Ali.

President Ali had visited the Indian state-owned aerospace and defense company HAL in January 2023. The arrival of the planes took place at Cheddi Jagan International Airport on April 1, facilitated by two Boeing C-17 Globemaster military transport planes.

This delivery follows recent reports in Indian media indicating the GDF's intention to acquire two new Dornier 228 aircraft from New Delhi with a $23.27 million loan from the Export-Import Bank of India. An agreement was inked between Guyana's Finance Minister and the Deputy GM of EXIM Bank, marking India's first-ever defence loan to a Caribbean country.

These aircraft, renowned for their Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL) capabilities, are well-suited for Guyana's diverse terrain. They are earmarked for various military applications, including maritime patrols, resupplying military bases, and troop movement to interior locations.

Additionally, Guyana is reportedly exploring further acquisitions, including patrol vehicles, radars, and armored vehicles.

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