In­done­sia ac­quires 11 Air­bus He­li­copters AS565 MBe Pan­ther


The mis­sion ca­pa­bil­i­ties and cost-ef­fec­tive­ness of Air­bus He­li­copters’ AS565 MBe Pan­ther has been fur­ther val­i­dated by In­done­sia’s or­der for 11 ro­tor­craft to be used in naval anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare (ASW) mis­sions. Sched­uled for de­liv­er­ies within three years, the AS565 MBe he­li­copters will be sup­plied by Air­bus He­li­copters to PT Dir­gan­tara In­done­sia. Through the strate­gic in­dus­trial agree­ment be­tween th­ese two part­ners, PT Dir­gan­tara In­done­sia will be out­fit­ting th­ese ro­tor­craft in In­done­sia with mis­sion equip­ment be­fore de­liv­ery to the In­done­sian Navy.

The mis­sion equip­ment in­clude the he­li­copter long-range ac­tive sonar (HELRAS) dip­ping sonar and tor­pedo launch­ing sys­tem – pro­vid­ing a truly ef­fec­tive mis­sion sys­tem for op­er­a­tions from land bases and ships.

“The Pan­ther now be­comes one of the world’s most ca­pa­ble light/medium anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare plat­forms, with an ad­vanced ASW suite and the ca­pa­bil­ity to op­er­ate from corvettes or small frigates,” said Philippe Mon­teux, Head of Re­gion, South East Asia & Pa­cific at Air­bus He­li­copters.

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