Two of the nine Bell 412EPI helicopters ordered in January 2019 by the Indonesian Army (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Darat or TNI-AD) have been handed over to PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) for customisation work.
Bell, a subsidiary of Textron, announced in a 4 December statement that the handover of the latest rotorcraft also marked the 70th overall aircraft delivery from Bell to PTDI.
Under the contract, Bell is delivering the nine helicopters to PTDI, which will perform customisation work before final delivery to the TNI-AD. In a separate statement PTDI said it will arm each of the helicopters with "sophisticated weaponry", including a Gatling-type gun from US-based company Dillon Aero.
In 2016 Bell and PTDI had signed an extension to the original industrial and commercial agreement signed in 2012, enabling the two companies to expand their support and services in Indonesia to Bell helicopter operators.
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