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Indonesia strengthens helicopter fleet

Jakarta aim is to modernize that of the armed forces

The government of Indonesia receives in an official ceremony eight H-225M heavy transport military helicopters made by the European manufacturer Airbus Helicopters. The public celebration was held at the Atang Sendjaja military base in Bogor. It's a deal made possible through an agreement between France government and PT Dirgantara Indonesia (Ptdi), the state-owned Indonesian Aerospace company involved in the aerospace and defense sectors.

"I, together with the entire government, will fight hard to improve the conditions of the armed forces and the services you need. We seek good equipment and maintenance to have a reliable, superior, resilient and strong air force", said the Indonesian defense minister, Prabowo Subianto, present at the ceremony together with other political and military authorities.

The H-225M helicopter made its first flight in 2000 and entered service in 2005. It has an empty weight of 5330 kg, is equipped with two Turboméca Makila 2A1 engines (1,776 kW each) and can transport 30 soldiers or 5,600 kg of load. The helicopters will be used for search and rescue, transport, medical evacuation and patrol missions. An advanced flight simulator of the H-225M helicopter was also inaugurated during the ceremony.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency