Jakarta, CNN Indonesia -- PT Dirgantara Indonesia (Persero) or PTDI has sold a total of 466 aircraft and helicopters to Indonesia and abroad.
PTDI Director of Finance, Risk Management & HR Wildan Arief said of the total aircraft, 120 of them were NC212 series aircraft.
The NC212 aircraft is fully carried out by PTDI. This means that PTDI is the only aircraft industry in the world that currently produces the aircraft.
Recently, PTDI exported one NC212i aircraft to the Thai Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation (DRRAA).
The aircraft was flown from PTDI's Hangar Delivery Center in Bandung, West Java, to Nakhon Sawan Air Base, Muang, Nakhon Sawan, Thailand, which is planned to arrive on August 3, 2022.
The NC212i aircraft is the latest generation multipurpose aircraft from NC212 with a capacity of 28 passengers, has ramp doors, winglets, a spacious cabin in its class, more modern navigation and communication systems, lower operating costs but remains competitive in the small aircraft market.
Wildan said that the NC212i has very diverse capabilities.
"What we sent Monday (1/8) is the troop transport configuration which can then be modified for rainmaking," he said as quoted from Antara, Tuesday (2/8).
According to him, the capabilities of the NC212i are ideal for Thailand's geographical conditions. It is possible that in the future there will be another type of aircraft that is also suitable for the country's geographical conditions, namely the N219 which is expected to become the next contract.
This NC212i aircraft can be used as passenger transport, VIP, cargo, rainmaking, troop/paratroop transport and medical evacuation which can be installed alternately according to the needs of Thailand's DRRAA.
"We also not only provide and sell aircraft, but also deliver to after-sales service, along with support for spare parts, that's why many countries are comfortable with us, because PTDI can be a one stop service for them," said Wildan.
The NC212i aircraft is scheduled to carry out a Final Acceptance by the Thai DRRAA, on August 4, 2022. The event will be witnessed directly by the Indonesian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand, Rachmat Budiman.
"Besides this aircraft, there is one more NC212i aircraft from another contract that will be sent this year to Thailand, the target is December 2022," added Wildan Arief.
He added that apart from Thailand, foreign operators using the NC212 series aircraft are the Philippines and Vietnam. Meanwhile, domestic operators are the Indonesian Air Force, TNI AD, TNI AL, Police, and BPPT, whose operations are used to meet the needs of civil, military and Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) transportation.