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The Bundeswehr operates two Dornier 228 LM on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Transport and the Havariekommando (a joint facility of the federal government and the five coastal states), primarily for the investigation of oil pollution at sea.

For the legal documentation of marine pollution, the aircraft are equipped with the MEDUSA mission system and extensive sensor equipment, including side-looking airborne radar (SLAR), line scanners for the IR and UV range, laser fluorine sensors and various cameras.

Thirty years after commissioning, the sensor equipment of the two turboprop aircraft is now being modernized. The Aerodata subsidiary Optimare is renewing the MEDUSA mission system and bringing the sensors up to the state of the art. In addition, the communication systems are adapted to the current regulations and current needs. The ground segment for flight preparation and follow-up will be revised and the spare parts stock will be rebuilt according to the changed technical requirements.

RUAG MRO International, which took over all rights to DO 228 in 2002, supports Aerodata AG with selected engineering services in the areas of retrofitting / installation and additional military sample testing, including using the company's own RUAG MRO International Dornier 228 test vehicle.

The extensive measure will take place between 2020 and 2023 at the Aerodata AG location at Braunschweig-Wolfsburg Airport.

Gerhard Heiming