Airbus Helicopters and PTDI Continue to Deliver Helicopters to Indonesia Ahead of Schedule
(Source: Airbus Helicopters; issued March 29, 2017)
Airbus has delivered the first two of 11 “green” Panther helicopters to PTDI, its long-standing local partner, which will outfit them for ASW missions and hand them over to the Indonesian navy. (Airbus HC photo)
BANDUNG, Indonesia --- Benefitting from a strongly knitted industrial partnership of over four decades, Airbus Helicopters and PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) continue to deliver on the helicopter programmes in support of the Indonesian Armed Forces.
Together, Airbus Helicopters and PTDI have delivered one H215M and two H225M helicopters to the Indonesia Air Force, and two armed scout Fennec helicopters to the Indonesian Army. For the Indonesian Navy, the first two green basic platforms of the AS565 MBe Panther have just arrived in Indonesia for completion by PTDI. All these helicopters were delivered, with some up to one year ahead of schedule.
All these early deliveries were made possible through the strategic industrial agreement between Airbus Helicopters and PTDI. The Indonesian industrial partner PTDI will outfit these helicopters in-country with key mission equipment before delivery to the respective units in the Indonesian National Armed Forces.
“The ability to deliver ahead of schedule on several important Indonesian defence programmes requires a very strong industrial cooperation and unwavering commitment. It is imperative to have partners who share the same values and drive, which we have found one in PTDI,” said Ludovic Boistot, Managing Director of Airbus Helicopters Indonesia. “We treasure the trust that the Indonesian defence ministry has placed in us, and we stay committed to providing the best solutions and services in support of the Indonesian aerospace industry.”
“We are delighted to be able to deliver on our promise to our customers. The early deliveries speak of a well-rooted and dependable partnership established with Airbus Helicopters through the years,” said Budi Santoso, CEO and President of PT Dirgantara Indonesia.
Contracted for 11, the Indonesian Navy’s AS565 MBe Panthers helicopters are equipped by PTDI with the anti-submarine warfare (ASW) suite, which includes dipping sonar and torpedo. The first two green basic platforms arrived in Indonesia in mid-March this year, for completion by PTDI and delivery to the Indonesian Navy by middle of the year.
The two Fennec rotorcraft delivered in January 2017 are the first armed scout units for the Indonesian Army. Together with the first unit delivered in 2015, these three helicopters will be used for pilot training. The remaining nine of the 12 ordered will be delivered this year.
The two H225M delivered in mid-March to the Indonesian Air Force are the third and fourth of a batch of six units contracted by the customer. The remaining deliveries to the Indonesian Air Force should be completed within the next few weeks. These H225M multirole helicopters are intended for combat search and rescue (CSAR).
Airbus Helicopters and PTDI are currently working together on 11 different helicopter types, namely the H225M, H215M, AS565 MBe Panther, AS365 N3+, H135, the Fennec (AS550, AS555 and AS350), as well as the legacy platforms NAS330, NSP332 and MBO-105, for the Indonesian Presidential fleet, the Indonesian air force, army, navy, police forces, Basarnas and the STPI training centre; supporting a wide range of operational missions.
Reinforced Partnership Offers Complete Value Chain for Indonesia’s Helicopter Industry
(Source: Airbus Helicopters; issued March 29, 2017)
BANDUNG, Indonesia --- Riding on a 40-year long established partnership, Airbus Helicopters and PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) bolstered their industrial co-operation to include support and services dedicated for the helicopter fleet of the Indonesian government.
Witnessed by French Minister of State for Industry Christophe Sirugue this morning, the agreement was signed by Airbus Helicopters CEO Guillaume Faury and PTDI President and CEO Budi Santoso.
Under this agreement, Airbus Helicopters and PTDI will jointly develop local support and services capabilities which cover maintenance, repair and overhaul specifically for the growing Airbus Helicopters fleet operated by the Indonesian government.
“Indonesia plays an extremely important role in Airbus Helicopters’ global industrial footprint, and this expanded co-operation with our long-standing trusted partner speaks of our continued commitment to invest into Indonesia’s aerospace industry,” said Guillaume Faury, CEO of Airbus Helicopters. “We are happy to see the ‘Made-in-Indonesia’ initiative taking root as we strengthen our support for the Indonesian government.”
“PTDI is excited to embark on this new journey with Airbus Helicopters, which now enables us to offer a complete value chain in Indonesia, for the Indonesian Armed Forces,” said Budi Santoso, CEO and President of PT Dirgantara Indonesia. “We are also happy to be part of a strengthened alliance, which would help develop Indonesia’s technical competency in helicopter maintenance.”
This joint agreement is the result of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed two years ago. Numerous progresses were made following the MoU signing, which saw to major maintenance activities successfully completed in Indonesia for the Presidential Super Puma aircraft, with dedicated support from Airbus Helicopters in Indonesia.
Over these two years, PTDI has implemented a robust re-organisation of their processes to consolidate all support and services activities under one single roof. The Indonesian industrial partner will also be recognised as Airbus Helicopters’ approved completion centre and services centre, upon successfully passing quality and safety audits.
The decades-long partnership between Airbus Helicopters and PTDI began in the 1970s, with PTDI’s licensed production of the NBO-105 helicopter. Today, both companies are working together on 11 different helicopter types, namely the H225M, H215M, AS565 MBe Panther, AS365 N3+, H135, the Fennec (AS550, AS555 and AS350), as well as the legacy platforms NAS330, NSP332 and NBO-105, for the Indonesian Presidential fleet, the Indonesian air force, army, navy, police forces, Basarnas and the STPI training centre; supporting a wide range of operational missions.
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