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Comparison between Dornier-228 v/s Indonesian N219

Comparison between Dornier-228 v/s Indonesian N219

In this article, we’ll talk about two different types of airplanes: the Dornier-228 from India and the N-219 from Indonesia.

Indian Dornier-228 specification

The HAL Dornier 228 is a twin-turboprop utility aircraft that was created by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), an Indian state-owned aerospace and defense firm, in collaboration with Dornier Flugzeugwerke, a German aircraft manufacturer.

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The Dornier 228 is a versatile aircraft that can perform a number of tasks, such as passenger transport, transporting cargo, and conducting maritime surveillance. To support these diverse missions, it is outfitted with a variety of equipment and sensors, including radar, a searchlight, and a forward-looking infrared (FLIR) camera.

The first Dornier 228-100 entered service in Norving’s fleet in July 1982 after being developed in the 1980s. It is currently in use by numerous military and civilian operators all over the world, including the Indian Coast Guard and the Nepal Army. The Dornier 228 has a maximum seating capacity of 19 passengers and a ferry range of about 2,363 kilometers.

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Indonesia’s N219 specification¬†

Let’s speak about the N219 aircraft, which is a new generation multi-purpose aircraft with the largest cabin cross-section in its class, a proven and efficient engine, a modern avionics system, fixed tricycle landing gear, and a wide cargo door to make changing aircraft configuration easier. As a result, N219 Nurtanio is designed to give operators with technical and economic benefits.

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The Indonesian N219 is a regional turboprop aircraft being developed by Indonesian aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI). It is intended to replace Indonesian airlines’ outdated fleet of Fokker 27 and Fokker 28 aircraft. The N219 has a ferry range of around 1,533 kilometers and it has a seating capacity of around 19 to 21 passengers.

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The N219 project began in 2015, and the prototype debuted on 16 August 2017. It is anticipated that the aircraft, which is now in the testing and certification phase, would soon begin flying for Indonesian airlines.

This aircraft may be employed for a variety of missions, including passenger and troop transport, freight and medical supplies, surveillance, and patrolling.

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The selling price of N219 aircraft, according to PTDI’s Production Director, Arie Wibowo, is in the region of US $ 6 million per unit, or roughly Rp 81 billion.

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Both the Indonesian N219 and the HAL Dornier 228 are regional transport aircraft used for short-haul flights. However, there are several key differences between these two aircraft:

  • Manufacturer: The HAL Dornier 228 was developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited in partnership with Dornier Flugzeugwerke, while the Indonesian N219 is being developed by PT Dirgantara Indonesia.
  • Size: The N 219 aircraft is 54 ft 1 inch in length, 64 ft 0 inch in wingspan, and 20 ft 3 inch in height. The Do 228 has a length of Length 54 ft 4 in, a Wingspan of 55 ft 8 inches, and a Height of 15 ft 11 inches.
  • Design: The Dornier 228 is a high-wing aircraft with twin turboprop Honeywell engines, whereas the N219 is a similar high-wing aircraft with twin turboprop Pratt & Whitney engines.
  • Capacity: The Dornier 228 can seat up to 19 passengers, whereas the N219 can accommodate 19-21 passengers.
  • Ferry Range: The Dornier 228 has a ferry range of approximately 2,363 kilometers, while the N219 has a range of around 1,533 kilometers.
  • Role: The Dornier 228 is a multi-role aircraft that can perform passenger transport, cargo transport, and maritime surveillance. The N219 is primarily designed for regional transport use.
  • Status: The Dornier 228 has been in service for several decades and is currently in use by a number of military and civilian operators across the world. The N219 is currently undergoing testing and certification and is anticipated to enter service with Indonesian airlines in the near future.
  • Dornier 228 aircraft has a range of 396 km and Indonesian N 219 has a range of up to 890 km.
  • As of now, HAL has built nearly 125 aircraft and Indonesia N 219 has now received 120 aircraft orders from regional airlines
  • The HAL-built Dornier 228 and Indonesia’s N 219 aircraft have a price range is 6 million USD in regional cost per unit.
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