The Indonesian Army has signed a contract to buy nine Bell 412EPItwin-engine utility helicopters.
In a Bell statement made Thursday, the company has announced that PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) signed a purchase agreement with the Indonesian Army for nine Bell 412EPI helicopters.
Under the contract, Bell will deliver the nine helicopters to PTDI, who will then perform customization work before final delivery to the Indonesian Army. In 2016, Bell and PTDI signed an expanded Industrial and Commercial Agreement which enabled the two companies to expand their support and services in Indonesia to Bell helicopter operators.
Bell has been present in Indonesia for more than 50 years with an estimated 110 aircraft currently in operation. Bell’s presence in Indonesia includes a Bell-authorized service facility, a certified maintenance facility and dedicated customer service engineers located in Jakarta.
The Bell 412EPI order for the Indonesian Army will see the army replace some of its older 412SP helicopters that have been in service since 1986, and augment its complement of 412EP helicopters that have been in service since 2012.
The Bell 412EPI twin-engine utility helicopter version featuring larger fuel capacity, higher takeoff weight