This week, Indonesian and Airbus Helicopters representatives shook hands more than once during the Indo Defence 2014 trade show. The Indonesian Navy purchased 11 AS565 Panther helicopters while the Indonesian Army accepted the first of 12 Ecureuil/Fennec light attack helicopters. Not enough? In France, the first Indonesian Air Force EC725 was handed over. Big Indonesian business for Airbus Helicopters.
The eleven AS565 helicopters should be delivered within three years. Mission equipment include the Helicopter Long-Range Active Sonar (HELRAS) dipping sonar and torpedo launching system – providing a truly effective mission system for operations from land bases and ships. The Panther helicopters are meant for anti-submarine warfare missions.
The Indonesian Army’s 12 Ecureuil/Fennec light attack helicopters should all be delivered by 2016. The order comprises six single-engine and six twin-engine versions. Machine guns and rocket launchers will be installed by PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) at its in-country facilities in Bandung.
Finally, on 6 November the first of six Indonesian Air Force EC725 combat search and rescue (CSAR) helicopters was handed over at Airbus Helicopters’ facility in Marignane, France. An order for ten more EC725s is on the cards . The type will significantly enhance the Indonesian military’s CSAR capabilities,
The Indonesian Air Force has been a long-time operator of both the AS332 Super Puma and SA330 Puma rotorcraft, which were license-produced by PTDI since over 30 years ago.
Source: Airbus Helicopters