SHAH ALAM: Indonesian state-owned PT Dirgantara today signed the contract to supply six NC212I twin engine transporters with the Philippines Department of National Defence (DND). Both parties also signed the maintenance contract for the two NC-212I already in service with the Philippines Air Force (PAF).
The contract signing for the aircraft was conducted at the department headquarters in Quezon City, PTDI announced on its social media network.
According to PTDI, once the delivered the six NC212I will also be operated by PAF. As for the maintenance contract the first aircraft to undergo maintenance will be flown to Bandung next month.
PAF took delivery of the NC212Is in June 2018, some four years after the contract was signed. The aircraft was contracted in 2014 under the PAF Light Lift Fixed-Wing Acquisition Project under the Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernisation Programme. The delivery of the aircraft was delayed as PTDI had difficulties in certifying the aircraft which was fitted with different avionics and other modifications than the previous versions. Following the certification, PTDI has had no more issues with the deliveries of contracted aircraft.
PAF operates the NC212I in many roles from maritime patrol to passenger and troop transport, search and rescue and medical evacuation. The NC212I has a carrying capacity of 28 passengers, eight more than the previous version.
The service has been seeking additional NC212I since the delivery of the first two which reportedly cost US$19 million. In February, the DND received some US$11 million or 15 per cent of the total cost for the six-aircraft contract, which was signed today.
Apart from the Philippines other export users of the NC212i in Asean include Thailand and Vietnam.
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