Indonesian Police Sign LOI For 11 Leonardo Helicopters
The Indonesian police force reportedly has signed a letter of intent for the purchase of 11 twin-engine, medium-size Leonardo helicopters—nine AW169s and two AW189s.
Scheduling delivery of the aircraft batches next year, the deal was initially agreed to in December 2018, Indonesian police air unit director Anang Syarif Hidayat told Airspace Review, an Indonesian industry news service.
The two AW189s will be stationed at the air unit headquarters near the capital city of Jakarta, while the nine AW169s will be distributed to nine police districts across the archipelago.
Anang said the air unit was training pilots and technicians to operate and service the new helicopters. These are personnel already serving with the air unit but currently qualified on the other aircraft.
If the deal goes through, the air unit will be the first Indonesian government agency to operate both the AW169 and AW189.
Almost all of the helicopters in Indonesian government agencies are from Airbus or Bell and outfitted locally by state-owned Indonesian Aerospace.
This is an abbreviated version of an article that appeared in Aerospace Daily & Defense Report by Marhalim Abas.