The Indonesian air force has ordered eight Airbus H225Ms for combat search and rescue (CSAR) to complement the six helicopters already in service, Airbus said on Jan. 10.
Ben Bridge, Airbus Helicopters' executive vice president of global business, said in a statement that the H225M "is a combat-proven helicopter that is well regarded by military customers worldwide" and that "Indonesia continues to play a vital role in Airbus Helicopters’ global industrial footprint."
Under an agreement between the Indonesian Ministry of Defense and PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI), the latter will finish and customize the H225Ms at the PTDI facility in Bandung, Indonesia.
Airbus Helicopters said that it has had a relationship with Indonesia since 1976 when PTDI received a license to produce the NBO-105 helicopter. PTDI became a "key supplier" of the H225M rear fuselage and main airframe in 2008, and full production was in place in Indonesia by 2011.
Thus far, 88 H225Ms are in service globally, and the helicopter recently surpassed the 100,000 flight-hour milestone — starting with delivery of the first H225M to the French air force in 2006.
A member of the Super Puma family of helicopters, the H225M is operational in the militaries of France, Brazil, Mexico, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. In addition, Hungary, Kuwait and Singapore have ordered the H225M, according to Airbus.