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Indonesia's PTDI looks to expand presence in Saudi Arabia

29 November 2016

Indonesia and Saudi Arabia are discussing the terms of a collaborative programme that could support military aerospace exports from Indonesia and related industrial assistance.

A CN235, seen here in Cameroonian colours. (Airbus Military/S-Flores)A CN235, seen here in Cameroonian colours. (Airbus Military/S-Flores)

An official from Indonesia's state-owned aerospace prime, PT Dirgantara (PTDI), told IHS Jane's on 29 November that the collaborative project was being progressed as a government-level agreement but details are not yet finalised.

Despite this, it was confirmed that collaboration is expected to support PTDI sales of military aerospace products to Saudi Arabia as well as the Indonesian company's provision of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for PTDI products in operation in the country. Collaboration in aerospace manufacturing was also an opportunity, the official noted.

"These discussions are a starting point for collaboration. The details are not finalised but through a government-to-government agreement we could provide assistance to Saudi Arabian industry in areas including production and maintenance. But this would only apply to PTDI products in the country."

Major PTDI platforms that the company would look to support in Saudi Arabia include the CN235 medium-range transport aircraft and its variations, which the Indonesian company produces under licence from Airbus. The Royal Saudi Air Force has operated four CN235 aircraft since the late 1980s.

Other fixed-wing products that PTDI is looking to export to the Saudi Arabia market include the Airbus NC212 light transport aircraft and the indigenous N-219 light utility transport aircraft, which is under development.

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