Bell Helicopter, PT Dirgantara sign Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on supplying helicopters to Indonesia

  • 12:00 AM, August 10, 2009
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Mr. Budi Santoso, the President Director of PT Dirgantara Indonesia (Persero) or Indonesian Aerospace and Mr. Dick Millnan, 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 model 412 EP 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 SP & 412 HP helicopters were manufactured under license from Bell Helicopter by IPTN in the 1980s and 1990s. 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-design N-235 in various versions and already operational by some countries, such as Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, Philipine, South Korea, UAE, etc.
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