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Republic of Indonesia - Army Aviation Modernization

Aircraft maker PT Dirgantara Indonesia has produced light and medium aircraft for the TNI, including the NBO-105 helicopter and the CN-235 patrol aircraft. In 2008, Russia delivered six Mi-35 attack helicopters, and 3 Mi-17-B5 Hip H assault/transport helicopters to Indonesia. The final three Mi-35 helicopters (out of a five helicopters order) were delivered in 2010.

KSDA General Pramono Edi Wibowo, told reporters Makodam Iskandar Muda in Aceh, on 11 February 2013 that the Army ordered 20 units of multi-purpose helicopter Bell 412 EP. Of the 20 units ordered, 10 units of which are already finished. In August 2012 the Army received four multipurpose helicopters Bell 412 EP technical ability on the type of the previous series helicopters were ordered from PT DI Indonesia (Persero). The procurement was based on two procurement contracts, each of which is signed by both parties in November 2011 and March 2012. In March 2013, the Indonesian Aerospace Company (PTDI) delivered 6 Bell-412EP transport helicopters to the Ministry of Defence. This is a versatile helicopter, powered by a pair of engines, Pratt & Whitney PT6T-3D, with 4 blade main rotor and two blade tail rotor. This includes middle-class helicopters and manned by two pilots and co-pilots and capable of carrying 13 passengers.

The Bell-412EP helicopters is reliable, because it had already proved its reliability in a variety of operations, both in Indonesia and other countries. Besides being able to carry out military missions, the helicopters capable of carrying out the civil aviation, search and rescue operation, and firefighters. This submission is based on a six-unit purchase agreement No. transport helicopters. TRAK/145/PLN/III/2012/AD dated March 6, 2012, between the Ministry of Defense and PT Indonesian Aerospace. Source of funds to purchase main weapon system (defense equipment) of export credit facility in the 2009 budget. The contract with the Ministry of Defense for the procurement of helicopters lasted through 2014. PT DI is capable of producing the Bell-412 helicopters EP as much as 4 to 6 units per year.

Army (AD) will buy 20 types Black Hawk combat helicopters from the United States to strengthen the main tools of defense equipment. "I'm communicating with the unit manufacturer or manufacturing country, God willing, if allowed, and the data is there, we will buy a Black Hawk 20 units from America," said KSDA General Pramono Edi Wibowo, told reporters Makodam Iskandar Muda in Aceh, on 11 February 2013.

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified the US Congress 19 September 2012 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Indonesia of 8 AH-64D APACHE Block III LONGBOW Attack Helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support. The Government of Indonesia has requested a possible sale of 8 AH-64D APACHE Block III LONGBOW Attack Helicopters, 19 T-700-GE-701D Engines (16 installed and 3 spares), 9 Modernized Target Acquisition and Designation Sight/Modernized Pilot Night Vision Sensors, 4 AN/APG-78 Fire Control Radars (FCR) with Radar Electronics Units (Longbow Component), 4 AN/APR-48A Radar Frequency Interferometers, 10 AAR-57(V) 3/5 Common Missile Warning Systems (CMWS) with 5th Sensor and Improved Countermeasure Dispenser, 10 AN/AVR-2B Laser Detecting Sets, 10 AN/APR-39A(V)4 Radar Signal Detecting Sets, 24 Integrated Helmet and Display Sight Systems (IHDSS-21), 32 M299A1 HELLFIRE Missile Launchers, and 140 HELLFIRE AGM-114R3 Missiles.

Also included were Identification Friend or Foe transponders, 30mm guns and ammunition, communication equipment, tools and test equipment, training devices, simulators, generators, transportation, wheeled vehicles, organizational equipment, spare and repair parts, support equipment, personnel training and training equipment, US government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost was $1.42 billion.

In a first-of-its-kind deal worth about $500 million, the United States agreed to sell eight new Apache Block III AH-64E attack helicopters and Longbow radars to Indonesia, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said 26 August 2013. The Apache agreed for Indonesian to purchase from the United States is the AH-64E, not the earlier AH-64D Longbow such as the Singapore Army owned. Eight AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopters are expected to gradually enhance the Indonesian defense from 2018 to 2021.

The Jakarta Post reported 16 March 2013 that TNI Army deputy chief-of-staff Let. Gen. Moeldoko said he planned to equip the entire provincial military commands in Indonesia with a helicopter squadron by 2024, each supported by between 24 and 32 helicopters. At that time there were a total of 13 such regional commands [KODAM], suggesting a total force goal of about 350 heliopters, over and above the 61 helicopters then in Army service. Identifiable modernization plans appear to envision reaching about 110 helicopters by around the year 2020.

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