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PT Dirgantara and Bell Helicopter Textron sign MoU

10th August 2009 - 13:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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Today Mr Budi Santoso, the President Director of PT Dirgantara Indonesia ((Persero) or Indonesian Aerospace and Mr. Dick Millman, president and CEO of Bell Helicopter signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on supplying helicopters to Indonesia Government agencies.

The Bell model 412 EP helicopters are manufactured in North America and will be assembled at PTDI's facilities in Bandung, Indonesia. During the assembly process, PTDI will be adding value by installing users in Indonesia.

Final delivery of the Bell 412EP helicopters to the government end-users will also take place at PTDI's facilities of Bandung Indonesia.

There are almost 80 Bell helicopters of various models operating currently in Indonesia. 31 of these are the variants of the Bell 412 EP helicopter to include 27 Bell 412 SPs, 4 Bell 412 HPs, and 5 Bell 412 EPs. All of Bell 412 SPs & 412 HP helicopters were manufactured under license from Bell Helicopter by IPTN in the 1980's and 1990's.

The signing ceremony today was witnessed by the Indonesia Deputy Minister for State Owned Enterprises, Sahala Lumban Gaol, and the US Ambassador to Indonesia, Cameron Hume.

PTDI is an incorporation wholly owned by the Republic of Indonesia Government was established in Bandung Indonesia on 1976, and from Spanish EADS-CASA and NBO-105 helicopter respectively from German DASA Eurocopter. Since 1984 PTDI had been manufacturing under license NBell 412 SP/HP from BHTI, USA

At present, PTDI is also manufacturing a co-designCN-235is various versions and already operational by some countries, such as Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, Philipine, South Korea, UAE, etc. PTDI also manufactures under licensed NAS-332 Super Puma helicopter from Eurocopter (formerly Aerospatiale), France.

Besides manufacturing airplane and helicopter, PTDI also manufacturing aerostructure components such as for Boeing (737, 777), Bombardier, Airbus, Mitsubishi Heavy Industriy, Eurocopter and AC TRM Malaysia and as become single source of fixed leading edge of Airbus A 380. PTDI also provides a complete range of aircraft's maintenance, overhaul, repair and alteration, engineering product and services covers flight simulator, mobile communication, hovercraft, giraffe radar, airport design, etc. The company also provides military & defense products and its maintenance including Rocket FFAR 2,75", Torpedo SUT NDL 40 for Army and Navy.


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