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Budi Sampurno, the project manager for the N-219, walked The Jakarta Post team members across the white, painted floor in the hangar of state-owned aerospace company DI in Bandung, West Java. As they approached the plane from the front, all eyes were captivated by the object of pride for Indonesia’s aerospace industry, measuring 20 meters in wingspan.
Budi looked at the aircraft as if it was his own child. The N-219 stood in a blue steel construction called an aircraft jig, where workers attach components to a plane. “We use local vendors to supply 80 percent of the jig and other manufacturing tools,” Budi, who is in his late 60s, said proudly. “The N-219 is a national program, so we want to involve local industries as much as we can.”
Read our longform story, 'N-219: Propelling Indonesia’s aerospace industry', here.
(The Jakarta Post/ Marguerite afra sapiie)