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Nepal Army Inducts Military Transport Plane from Indonesia

Published Nov 04, 2019
Updated Feb 06, 2020

Nepal Army has taken delivery of first CN235-220 military transport aircraft made by Indonesian aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI). 

The aircraft has six configuration modes — transport, cargo, paratroop, medevac, maritime patrol, and also VIP — applicable in accordance with the need. Nepal ordered the aircraft with several configuration modes.

PDTI expects more orders from Nepal Army

The CN235-220 is an improved version of the basic CN-225 and built in Indonesia. Improvements include higher operating weights, aerodynamic improvements to wing leading-edges and rudder, reduced airfield length requirements and increased range. The CN235 is an joint venture between CASA and PTDI with some versions made in Spain and some in Indonesia.

The Nepal Army will use the same for transportation of troops across the country including for disaster relief.

The CN 235-220 landed in the Tribhuvan International Airport on 02 November.

The 51-seater plane with the call sign 235-200 cost the Army 300 million US dollars. A letter of credit was opened in August 2017 for the purchase of the cargo plane as per the Himalayan Times.

Indonesia’s CN235-220 Military transport aircraft has undergone various continuous improvements in design, engineering technology application, and manufacturing method in order to meet the highest quality standard as well as the demanding operational requirements for various challenging environments.

CN235-220 aircraft is a proven platform to perform broad spectrum of special missions including Search and Rescue (SAR), Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) control, marine pollution prevention and control, maritime surveillance and security, Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW) and Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW).

From past experiences, a fully equipped CN235-220 MPA can endure over 11 hours maximum, while the time on station at 200 NM is over nine hours.

PT Dirgantara Indonesia (Persero), also known as PTDI is one of the indigenous aerospace companies in Asia with core competences in aircraft design and development, aircraft structure manufacturing, aircraft production, and aircraft services for both civilian and military of light and medium aircraft.

Since established in 1976, as a state owned company in Bandung, Indonesia, PTDI has successfully developed and grown its capability as an aerospace industry.

In the field of aircraft manufacturing, PTDI has been producing various types of aircraft, such as CN235 for civil or military transport, Maritime Surveillance Aircraft, Maritime Patrol Aircraft and Coast Guard aircraft. In total, PTDI has delivered nearly 400 aircrafts to 50 operators worldwide.

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