Jakarta – The Air Force has ordered eight Airbus H225M helicopters and aircraft maker PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) will have a role in the construction of the double-engine military transportation aircraft.
After being handed over to the Air Force, the eight helicopters will join six other H225M that are already in the Air Force fleet for combat and search and rescue roles. Some 88 H225M helicopters are currently in service across the globe.
"We support Indonesia's decision to select our H225M helicopters for their fleet. The H225M is a combat-proven helicopter that is well regarded by military customers worldwide," said Airbus Helicopters global business executive vice president Ben Bridge as quoted by kompas.com on Friday.
"Indonesia continues to play an important role in Airbus Helicopters' global business. With PTDI, our trusted partner, we are ready to support Indonesia's fleet."
Airbus Helicopters and Indonesia have been in cooperation since 1976 when PTDI accepted a license to produce NBO-105 helicopters. PTDI became a key supplier of the H225M's rear fuselage and main airframe in 2008, with full production in place in Indonesia since 2011.
In 2017, the two companies expanded their cooperation to include support and services for Indonesia's military helicopters. (bbn)