The Jakarta Post
Boeing and Indonesian aircraft company PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) signed on Wednesday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore collaborative areas of opportunity to include manufacturing technology, certification, as well as support and maintenance of vertical lift products.
“We see this memorandum as an important step in support of Indonesia’s vision for current and future economic development as well as the growth of the country’s aerospace sector,” said Boeing Southeast Asia president Skip Boyce said in a press release on Thursday.
Boyce said the MoU demonstrated commitment to the growth of Indonesia’s aerospace industry and providing advanced capabilities to the armed forces.
Meanwhile, PTDI president director Elfien Goentoro said the company was a key partner in building Indonesia’s aerospace sector and had demonstrated core competences in aircraft design and development, structure manufacturing, production and services for commercial and military aircraft.
“PTDI has been a supplier to Boeing Commercial Airplanes and this agreement will expand our collaboration on the military side with opportunities in vertical lift capabilities,” he said.
Boeing’s relationship with Indonesia goes back to 1949 when Indonesia’s national flag carrier, Garuda Indonesia, began operations flying special transportation with a Douglas DC-3.
Boeing and Indonesia’s partnership covers commercial aviation, defense, space, research and technology. On the military side, the Indonesian government signed a letter of offer and acceptance with the US government in August 2013 for eight AH-64E Apache helicopters, the world’s leading multi-role attack helicopter. Deliveries of all eight helicopters were completed earlier this year. (bbn)