The Indonesian National Aviation and Outer Space Institute (LAPAN) said small N219 aircraft would be produced next year to serve routes to isolated areas that could not be served by big aircraft in Indonesia.
"The design has been available. The target is that production of N219, a 19-seat aircraft would begin in 2017," head of LAPAN Prof Thomas Djamaluddin was quoted as saying by Indonesian Aerospace at a seminar, "International Seminar on Aerospace Science and Technology" (ISAST) in the tourist resort of Senggigi, regency of West Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB).
Earlier during the administration of President Soeharto, the country planned to produce 50-seat N250 aircraft, to serve flights to isolated areas.
However, the plan failed to come to reality as a result of the economic crisis in 1998 and the downfall later of the president, Thomas Djamaluddin said here on Tuesday.
In addition, producers of big bodied aircraft refused to support the Indonesian program fearing that small aircraft would be potential competitor for their products, hee said.
LAPAN, therefore, is asked again to design aircraft to serve routes to open isolated areas and the result is the N219 type.
"The plan to produce N219 is facing less competition, although there was still competition from other countries. We, however, are set to start production in 2017 that Indonesia could win the domestic market before competitors are coming," he said.
The N219 aircraft is a product of collaboration, first between LAPAN and PT Dirgantara Indonesia (DI) and second collaboration between the two agencies was that LAPAN helped in making the design and PT DI, the aircraft maker in Bandung, would do the production.
Djamaluddin said N219 is designed for domestic use but he did not rule out exporting the aircraft to other countries as a number of countries like Laos and African countries have expressed interest in the aircraft after they were given details of the plan by Indonesian embassies.
"In the country, there are already airlines planning to use N219 aircraft to serve flights to isolated areas, which have no airport large enough to accommodate big bodied aircraft," he said.
Indonesia has commenced training its Marines Corps (KORMAR) with amphibious BTR-4 8x8 armored personnel carriers (APCs), acquired recently from Ukraine. The training will be held from 14 to 24 October at Kormar base in South Jakarta, IHS Janes reported Monday
Indonesian Air Force will hold its largest military exercise this week near some of its islands in South China Sea. “We want to show our existence in the area
Indonesian shipyard PT PAL has planned to launch a Guided Missile Frigate PKR-105 being built through a technology transfer from the Dutch shipyard Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS). The construction of the ship is aimed at strengthening the countrys national weaponry system
Indonesia will be the fifth fastest-growing defence budget in the world between 2016 and 2025, growing at a compound annual rate of 4.7 percent and spending more than $20 billion on procurement, according to an analysis from IHS Markit
T-7A Advanced Jet Trainer’s Engine Shut Down, Restarted Mid-air
First Test of Russia’s Long Range hypersonic missile ‘Tsirkon’ Successful
Artificial Intelligence Based Anti-drone System Successfully Tested in Russia
US Navy P-8A Poseidon Lased by Chinese Warship Near Guam
Mobile Phone Led Israelis to Destory Pantsir-S Air Defence Battery in Syria
China’s Z-10 Attack Helicopter Upgraded with Powerful Engine
Japan's F-X Stealth Fighter to Rival US' F-22
Russian Shipbuilder Reconfiguring Project 11356 Frigates for Indian Navy
Several joint production and direct procurement programs could be halted if the US and Europe carry through with their threat...
Sanctions-hit Iran has found ingenious ways to develop military hardware
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is rapidly permeating the defence industry to aid and improve human decision-making
Upgrade of Russias Sukhoi Su-30SM fighters to equip them with armaments, radar, sensors and engines from the more powerful Su-35...
US companies sanctioned by China for supplying weapons to Taiwan may be denied rare earth elements (REEs), which have critical...
While the US F-35 stealth aircraft has become one the fastest selling fighter jets in the world aircraft market, thanks...