Widodo Hopes PH Aircraft Deal Closes – Manila Bulletin

Widodo hopes the PH aircraft deal will be completed

BOGOR CITY, Indonesia—Indonesian President Joko Widodo hopes the Philippines’ plan to procure an airlift from them will materialize.

Widodo was referring on Monday to Indonesian aircraft manufacturer PT’s NC212i aircraft. Dirgantara, which is part of a possible purchase by the Philippines of air and maritime assets from its neighboring country.

This came to light when President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. met Widodo for his first state visit.

“As for stepping up cooperation in strategic infrastructure and industries, a number of Indonesian state-owned enterprises (state-owned enterprises) have participated in development programs in the Philippines,” he said.

“For example, PT PAL’s dual berth vessel acquisition project and PT LEN’s Manila rail signaling project. I hope that the planned purchase of NC212i aircraft from PT. Dirgantara can be achieved,” he added.

In 2018, the Philippine Air Force (PAF) accepted into service two units of the same aircraft, which were acquired under the Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program.

The NC212i aircraft can be used to strategically produce artificial rain, maritime and coast guard patrols and for other missions including passenger and troop transport, immigration control, paratrooper airdrop , medical evacuation, among others.



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