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Indonesia receives five military helicopters

17th January 2018 - 08:50 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong


Indonesia’s military received five helicopters – two Airbus Helicopters AS565 MBe Panthers and three armed H125M Fennecs – plus a CN-235-220 aircraft from PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) on 9 January.

PTDI, Indonesia’s state-owned aeronautical company, is the only Southeast Asian nation boasting a helicopter assembly capacity. It has forged close links with Airbus and customises, assembles and manufactures various platforms.

The Panthers, part of a November 2014 contract for 11 aircraft for the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL), are configured for anti-submarine warfare. They feature an L3 DS-100 HELRAS dipping sonar and Leonardo A244/S torpedoes.

Shephard understands that four AS565 platforms have

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

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

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