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Singapore Airshow 2024: Indonesia signs for three more CN235-220 transport aircraft

A Nepalese Army CN235-220, seen here while it was about to depart Bandung for Nepal in 2019. The Indonesian Army is scheduled to receive three examples of the CN235-220 in a similar configuration. (PT Dirgantara Indonesia)

State-owned aerospace company PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) has received a contract for three more CN235-220 aircraft from the country's Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The USD85 million contract was inked on 30 November 2023 and the aircraft will be delivered to the Indonesian Army's Aviation Centre in the troop transport configuration, said a representative from PTDI who spoke to Janes at Singapore Airshow 2024.

In the configuration ordered, the aircraft will be able to accommodate 49 fully equipped soldiers or up to 34 paratroopers for airborne insertion operations.

When not needed for paratrooper operations, the lateral seats in the aircraft's cabin can be raised to accommodate cargo transportation requirements or be quickly refitted for up to 18 stretchers for medical evacuation and disaster relief missions, said PTDI.

The CN235-220 has a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 16,500 kg and can carry payloads of up to 5,200 kg. With the maximum payload, the aircraft has a range of about 414 n miles.

Powered by two General Electric CT7-9C engines driving two four-bladed Hamilton Standard HS 14 RF-21 propellers, it can reach a maximum speed of 237 kt with an economical cruise speed of 169 kt, according to further details provided by PTDI.

The first airframe under this contract is scheduled to be delivered in 2026.

For more information on the CN235-220, please see Dirgantara CN-235-220/CN-235-220 MP

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