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Fri, 25 November 2016

Airbus Delivers Three AS565 MBe Panther Helicopters to Indonesia

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first three of the eleven AS565 MBe Panther helicopters to Indonesia, ahead of contract schedule.

Delivery of the remaining eight helicopters will run through to 2018.

Under the agreement, Airbus Helicopters will supply the AS565 MBe helicopters to its Indonesia industrial partner PT Dirgantara Indonesia, who will reassemble and outfit these rotorcraft in-country, acting as the design authority. This will cover the installation of the anti-submarine warfare (ASW) suite which includes a dipping sonar and torpedo launch systems.

Janick Blanc, Head of the Panther programme at Airbus Helicopters, said, The AS565 MBe has been developed using state-of-the-art processes and this enhanced variant of the Panther will benefit from an increased maximum take-off weight at 4,500kg. This will provide increased mission capabilities, specifically for the anti-submarine warfare missions these rotorcraft are expected to perform.

This Indonesian MBe Panther programme is the latest of a long-standing relationship between Airbus Helicopters and PT Dirgantara Indonesia, who celebrated their 40 years of strategic partnership earlier this month. The two companies have delivered more than 190 helicopters together, through joint programmes over the last four decades.

AS565 MBe

Recognised as one of the worlds most capable light/medium anti-submarine warfare platforms, the AS565 MBe is equipped with two Safran Arriel 2N engines, which enhance the helicopters performance in high and hot conditions, while enabling it to achieve a top speed of 165 kt and a range of 780 kilometres.

The AS565 MBe also boasts a new main gearbox, the latest-generation tail rotor and a 4-axis autopilot that reduces crew workload and makes the most demanding missions easier to perform.

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