Airbus Military signs contract with Indonesia for nine C295 aircraft

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Airbus C-295. Photo: Airbus Military

Airbus Military has signed today a firm contract with  PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PT DI) to supply nine C295 military transport aircraft for delivery to the Indonesian Ministry of Defense.

The contract between  PT DI and the Ministry of Defense of Indonesia was signed simultaneously, witnessed by Minister of Defense, Prof. Dr. Purnomo Yusgiantoro, and the Chief of Armed Forces, Admiral Agus Suhartono, at a ceremony at the Singapore Airshow.

Airbus C-295. Photo: Airbus Military

The Indonesian designation of the aircraft will be CN295. The  aircraft will be operated by the  Indonesian Air Force throughout the vast territory of Indonesia, which includes around 17.000 islands. The aircraft will perform a variety of roles including military, logistical, humanitarian and medical evacuation missions. The first delivery is foreseen in 2012 and by summer 2014 all aircraft will have been delivered.

Additionally, the industrial plan covers a substantial collaboration between PT DI and Airbus Military for the C295 program, including the manufacturing  of the tail empennage, rear fuselage and fuselage panels, as well as work packages for the development of Computer Based Training systems and the  creation of a  service and delivery center and  a  final assembly line (FAL) in Indonesia.

“This is a proud moment for our country as well as for the Indonesian aerospace industry. The C295 provides the ideal  capacity to respond to Indonesia´s current and future military and humanitarian transport needs and does so very cost-efficiently, with full participation of the Indonesian aerospace industry, creating high skilled jobs and technology transfer,” said Prof. Dr. Purnomo Yusgiantoro, Minister of Defense of the Republic of Indonesia.

Domingo Ureña, President and CEO of Airbus Military; Dr. Budi Santoso, President and CEO of PTDI and Minister of Defense, Purnomo Yusgiantoro (left to right). In the back Major General Ediwan Prabowo. Photo: EADS