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PTDI Eyes Market Expansion in Africa and Latin America

Our Bureau - : Jul 2, 2024 - : 11:54 pm

PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) is actively seeking to expand its market reach into Africa and Latin America, focusing on the sales of its NC-212i and CN-235 aircraft.

“First is expansion in the African market, then we have also entered Latin America, because actually now PTDI is the sole manufacturer for NC-212i and CN-235 aircraft,” said Gita Amperiawan at a press conference in Jakarta, as quoted by the Indonesian News Agency, Antara on Monday (Jul. 1).

“There are a lot (of market opportunities) in Latin America, because many of the (C-212 and CN-235) aircraft there are quite old, so various kinds of upgrade activities are needed for the service life extension program (SLEP),” he noted.

Additionally, the Indonesian state-owned aerospace company is also exploring opportunities in the Middle East and aims to maintain its existing markets in the Southeast Asia region. PTDI secured another contract to deliver six NC-212i units to the Philippine Air Force and completed the maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) of NC-212i aircraft for the Philippines in 2023.

“PTDI was also given the opportunity to extend the MRO agreement for the next five years. So, three years ago, we signed to support expansion in the African market for the NC-212i and CN-235,” said Gita Amperiawan.

The NC-212i is a versatile light transport aircraft, capable of being used for training, troop transport, air medical evacuation, aerial photography, weather modification, and air navigation training. An evolution of the CASA 212-400 Aviocar, it features a ramp door for easier loading and unloading.

The Indonesian government is also a user of PTDI’s NC-212i. Of the nine units ordered, five have been completed and are currently operational in the Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU). The fifth delivered aircraft is unique since it’s fitted with new five-bladed propellers instead of the usual four-bladed ones.

PTDI aims to complete the remaining four aircraft by 2024 and 2025.


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