24 November 2016

Airbus Helicopters Delivers first Three AS565 MBe Panther to Indonesia

24 November 2016

First three of 11 AS565 MBe Panther helicopters handed over to PT Dirgantara Indonesia. Deliveries to run through to 2018. AS565 MBe will bring increased mission capabilities, specifically for anti-submarine warfare missions. (all photos : Airbus Helicopters)

Marignane – Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first three of the 11 AS565 MBe Panther helicopters to Indonesia, ahead of contract schedule, at a ceremony at Airbus Helicopters’ headquarters in Marignane, in the presence of representatives from Indonesia’s Ministry of Defence and the Indonesian Navy.

This follows the contract signature in late 2014 with PT Dirgantara Indonesia for 11 AS565 MBe helicopters. The delivery of the remaining helicopters will run through to 2018.

“We are excited to witness the handover of the first three AS565 MBe helicopters to our partner today”, said Janick Blanc, Head of the Panther programme at Airbus Helicopters. “The AS565 MBe has been developed using state-of-the-art processes and this enhanced variant of the Panther will benefit from an increased maximum take-off weight at 4,500kg. This will provide increased mission capabilities, specifically for the anti-submarine warfare missions these rotorcraft are expected to perform”, he added.


Under the agreement, Airbus Helicopters will supply the AS565 MBe helicopters to its Indonesia industrial partner PT Dirgantara Indonesia, who will reassemble and outfit these rotorcraft in-country, acting as the design authority. This will notably cover the installation of the anti-submarine warfare (ASW) suite which includes a dipping sonar and torpedo launch systems, allowing the Indonesian Navy to carry out its most demanding missions. 

This Indonesian MBe Panther programme is the latest of a long-standing relationship between Airbus Helicopters and PT Dirgantara Indonesia, who celebrated their 40 years of strategic partnership earlier this month. The two companies have delivered more than 190 helicopters together, through joint programmes over the last four decades.

“We have been working with Airbus Helicopters on numerous projects for many years by now, and this milestone today further illustrates the commitment both companies have towards this programme”, said Budi Santoso, CEO and President of PT Dirgantara Indonesia. “We look forward to receiving these green helicopters in Bandung, as we ready to start the installation of the mission equipment, and the subsequent qualification and certification of our future anti-submarine warfare helicopters”, he added.

Recognised as one of the world’s most capable light/medium anti-submarine warfare platforms, the AS565 MBe is equipped with two Safran Arriel 2N engines, which enhance the helicopter’s performance in high and hot conditions, while enabling it to achieve a top speed of 165 kt and a range of 780 kilometres. It also boasts a new main gearbox, the latest-generation tail rotor and a 4-axis autopilot that reduces crew workload and makes the most demanding missions easier to perform.

(Airbus Helicopters)

11 komentar:

  1. So, they're going to take them apart, ship them to Indonesia and have PT DI reassemble them again? Why not just ship the parts to Indonesia directly?

    BalasHapus
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    1. u mean why not send it completely built up(cbu)rather than completely knocked down(CKD)?
      its shipping thing sir, they probably may have calculated the lowest price and safety if send ckd by sea.
      and i think this common happen, take look at basarnas aw139 reassemble at youtube channel.

      Hapus
    2. @bobby
      Actually more on why not just send it in CKD form. The pictures show completely assembled air frames. It means some people from Airbus already assembled it. If they're going to take it apart and reassemble it again, it means we're paying for assembly twice.

      Hapus
    3. Like Bobby already said. Shipping costs, safety, and quality assurance reasons. They assembled it for quality assurance, disassemble it, put the separate parts in smaller special transport boxes and so on. It would probably be simpler, cheaper and safer than transporting a whole helicopter (problem with fastening the separate parts etc).

      Hapus
    4. Doesn't really answer why they don't just send it as CKD kits. PT DI has experience in assembling AS365s already. Even after reassembly they still need to recertify the completed aircraft. So why doesn't Airbus just let PT DI do the final assembly? The whole final assembly at Airbus (minus painting) seems rather pointless don't you think?

      Hapus
    5. guys, i just sent my reply to irs hour ago, now it lost again just like my other comment last night..who write it off????

      Hapus
    6. Well what about tests from Airbus themselves? They have to do quality check so they know the product is 100% working when they sent it for pt. DI to assemble. If it doesn't work well afterwards then they can be 100% sure that the problem lies in the transport or in the assembly at pt. DI and not them. It's not "efficient" but it's standar procedure to ensure quality.

      Hapus
    7. @anonymous: i wrote almost exactly like your post earlier, somehow it gone. lol

      btw after lookin aw101 assemble in youtube. they send pilot test for ensure it works well before handed over to customer and i guess airbus will do same

      Hapus
    8. @irs: regard to ur post "it means we're paying for assembly twice"
      i think tni as customer will not pay any additional cost during delivery, its manufacture obligation to handle it. one thing they know is the goods come on schedule or manufacture will get fine..lol

      one more addition pt.di will have property right, intellectual property right for asw system for this heli as they said to media.

      Hapus
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    BalasHapus
  3. pesanan selesai 2018 ? kontrak dengan TNI AL paling lambat akhir oktober 2017. ngaco kah wartawannya? bisa didenda lagi PT. DI oleh TNI

    BalasHapus