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Indonesia to give its Panthers sharper claws

21st January 2020 - 12:00 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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After receiving all but one of the 11 AS565MBe Panther helicopters it ordered from Airbus Helicopters in 2014, the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL) is now planning to upgrade five of the fleet with either anti-submarine (ASW) or anti-surface warfare (ASuW) suites.

The TNI-AL has submitted a formal request for this work to the Indonesian MoD. Two will be outfitted for ASW missions, and three for ASuW purposes.

Under the original order, just two Panthers were configured for ASW missions and the rest were standard multipurpose airframes. The specialist airframes have a dipping sonar fitted, for instance.

Final fit-out of the ‘green’ helicopters was

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Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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