AIRBUS HELICOPTERS has gained an order for eleven AS565MBe Panthers for the Indonesian Navy. They will be operated in the naval anti-submarine warfare role. Under the terms of the contract, which was announced on November 5, the opening day of IndoDefence 2014 in Jakarta, deliveries will take place within three years.
The helicopters will be supplied by the manufacturer to PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI). Through the strategic industrial agreement between these two partners, PTDI will then outfit the helicopters with their mission equipment in-country before delivery to the Indonesian Navy.
Mission equipment will include the Helicopter Long-Range Active Sonar (HELRAS) dipping sonar and torpedo launching system. This order adds to the Indonesian Armed Forces’ existing fleet of Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft. This includes EC120 Colibris for training; Fennecs and BO-105 for light attack missions; the Panthers for anti-submarine warfare missions; and the Pumas and Super Pumas operated by the Indonesian Air Force, which will soon also receive the EC725 for combat search and rescue missions. Alan Warnes