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India: Navy’s Dornier patrol plane makes maiden night landing at Lakshadweep archipelago

Bibliometric Details: Issue No: 10 | Issue Month:October | Issue Year:2022

The Dornier-228 Maritime patrol plane of the Indian Navy made historical previous by performing a night landing on the country’s handiest airstrip within the Lakshadweep archipelago, on the western seaboard. Located nearly 460 kilometres west of Kerala’s Kochi metropolis, the Agatti atoll homes the lone airstrip available within the union territory of Lakshadweep. 

While the airstrip there, operated by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) used to be inaugurated in April 1988 for the operation of Dornier-228, the operations were prolonged to the ATR-72 plane in September 2010. Nevertheless, owing to the short runway length and restricted airfield services and products available, both civil and military plane operated handiest at some level of daytime. 

Below the aegis of the Indian Navy, the Southern Naval Impart (the lone coaching relate of the Indian Navy) took the initiative to beat this limitation and labored with AAI and the Directorate Traditional of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

The maiden night landing used to be successfully utilized on October 13. As half of the pains, a pair of approaches and landings were utilized from each and each aspect of the runway to validate the suitability of operations. 

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The winning night trials would enable future night operations of the Navy’s Dornier-228 plane and boost the Navy’s efforts in opposition to spherical-the-clock maritime surveillance and enhance to the islands. 

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