PT Dirgantara Indonesia and Airbus Helicopters to jointly develop local support and services capabilities for Indonesia

Singapore, (PresseBox) - The long-established cooperation of PT Dirgantara Indonesia and Airbus Helicopters will be expanded to include support and services for the users of Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft based on a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed today at the Singapore Airshow.

This MoU covers maintenance, repair and overhaul for the various Airbus Helicopters products operated within Indonesia - in particular, the AS365 Dauphin, EC725 Cougar and AS350/AS555 Fennec rotorcraft acquired by the country's government.

The agreement was signed by Budi Santoso, President Director of PT Dirgantara Indonesia, and Airbus Helicopters President Guillaume Faury.

"PT Dirgantara Indonesia's cooperation with Airbus Helicopters results from a long term relationship built on trust, and each company will support the other with this new strategic collaboration for the mutual benefit of both parties," Budi Santoso said.

"We're opening another chapter in a highly successful cooperation that is important for Airbus Helicopters' global industrial footprint," Faury added. "PT Dirgantara Indonesia is one of our cornerstone partners, and I look forward to pursuing this new aspect of our relationship together."

The two companies' partnership began in the 1970s with PT Dirgantara Indonesia's licensed production of the N-BO105 helicopter - of which 120 were built in-country. It subsequently was widened with licensed production of the N-SA330 Puma and N-AS332 Super Puma rotorcraft.

Additionally, the Indonesian company has been supplying upper and lower fuselage sections and tail booms for the EC725/EC225 since 2012 for a total production currently set at 125 shipsets. It also serves as the customization and delivery center for AS365 N3+ Dauphin, EC725 Cougar and AS350/AS555 Fennec helicopters ordered by the Indonesian government through PT Dirgantara Indonesia.

About PT Dirgantara Indonesia (www.indonesian-aerospace.com)

PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) is an Indonesian state owned enterprise that was established in 1976. PTDI manufacturing site is in Bandung, Indonesia. The company main products are aircrafts; aircraft structure component; aircraft services; and engineering. PTDI Assembly Lines produce various types of CN235 under TC for civil or military transport; maritime patrol, surveillance, and coast guard. Other than those, the Assembly Lines also produce under licenses the NC212-200, NAS332 Super Puma and NBell412-AH. Under the Strategic Agreement with Airbus Military, PTDI Assembly Line produce NC212-400 and PTDI Delivery Center finalize CN295.

PTDI has delivered over 400 aircraft to 49 civil and military operators. PTDI Manufacture produces aircraft parts, components, tools and fixtures for A320/321/330/340/350/380 of Airbus, for MK2 and EC725 of Euro copter and for CN235, C212-400 and C295 of Airbus Military. PTDI Aircraft Services provides maintenance, overhaul, repair, alteration and logistic support for CN235, Bell412, BO-105, NC-212-100/200, NAS332 Super Puma, B737-200/300/400/500, A320, Fokker 100, and Fokker 27. PTDI Engineering provides engineering and analysis and flight simulators.

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