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The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) has secured a $23.27 million USD loan from the Export-Import Bank of India (EXIM Bank) to acquire two Dornier Do-228 aircraft manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) of India. This agreement marks a significant step forward in the GDF’s ongoing modernization efforts.

The financing deal was signed on Friday by Guyana’s Finance Minister, Dr. Ashni Singh, and Deputy General Manager of EXIM Bank, Sanjay Lamba. The Guyana Ministry of Finance credits President Ali’s visit to HAL in January 2023 as the impetus for this agreement. While the official announcement did not specify the aircraft model, previous pronouncements by the Guyanese government had indicated their interest in acquiring two Dornier 228 planes.

The Do-228 is a versatile aircraft designed for utility and maritime patrol roles (MPA). These roles could encompass missions such as transporting troops and supplies, conducting search and rescue operations, and patrolling Guyana’s vast coastline. The addition of these new aircraft will undoubtedly enhance the GDF’s ability to safeguard Guyana’s territory and citizens.