The Indonesian Navy has announced its intention to purchase 16 Airbus Helicopters AS565 Panther aircraft for use in anti-submarine warfare. The medium twin-engine helicopter – a militarized version of the AS365 Dauphin – will come equipped with an assortment of specialized technology, including dipping sonar, and will be based aboard the service’s SIGMA 10514-class guided missile corvettes.
"The contract is in the final stages of being approved by the defense ministry," said Vice-Admiral Untong Suropati, head of communications. "However, we are not able to give a timeline as to when the helicopters will be delivered."
PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI), an in-country aerospace company, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus Helicopters to support the new Panthers, as well as the government’s EC175 Cougars and AS350/AS555 models through maintenance, overhaul and repair services.
"[PTDI’s] cooperation with Airbus Helicopters results from a long-term relationship built on trust," said Budi Santoso, PTDI’s president director. "And each company will support the other with this new strategic collaboration for the mutual benefit of both parties.”
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