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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

According to the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Annual report for 2020-21, HAL has Offered Do-228 aircraft to US Navy in July 2020, in response to their Global RFI for Multi-Engine Trainer Aircraft program. USN plans to replace the Beechcraft T-44 Pegasus variant of the King Air 90 that the service has used for the role since 1980 for the US Marine Corps (USMC), and US Coast Guard (USCG) from 2023.

RFIs laid out performance parameters for the candidate aircraft, including a cruise speed of no less than 195 kt, a service ceiling of no less than 20,000 ft, and an endurance of no less than 3.5 hours (while performing certain stated flight profiles). Other specifications included passenger seating numbers and baggage carrying loads.

T-44A Pegasus

USN RFI calls for each aircraft to have a 20,000 flight hour life, 65,000 landings, and a maximum of 15 landings per flight hour. The T-44A Pegasus is a trainer version, designated the Model H90 by Beechcraft, used to train United States Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Air Force pilots to fly multi-engine aircraft. A total of 61 were delivered to the US Navy between 1977 and 1980.

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