Airbus Helicopters chief executive Guillaume Faury, left, and Dirgantara Indonesia president director Budi Santoso, right, sign a cooperation agreement in Bandung, West Java, on Wednesday (29/03), with French Digital Sector and Innovation Minister Christophe Sirugue looking on. (Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopters)

Airbus Helicopters, Dirgantara Indonesia Sign MRO Agreement

BY :TABITA DIELA

MARCH 30, 2017

Jakarta. Airbus Helicopters signed an agreement with aircraft maker Dirgantara Indonesia in Bandung, West Java, on Wednesday (29/03) to further expand cooperation.

The new agreement will allow the two companies to develop service capabilities, such as maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) for Airbus Helicopters operated by the Indonesian government.

"This expanded cooperation with our long-standing trusted partner speaks of our continued commitment to invest in Indonesia’s aerospace industry," Airbus Helicopters chief executive Guillaume Faury said in a statement.

The cooperation is a follow-up on a memorandum of understanding signed two years ago, the statement said.

"PTDI [Dirgantara Indonesia] is excited to embark on this new journey with Airbus Helicopters, which now enables us to offer a complete value chain in Indonesia, for the Indonesian Military [TNI]," Dirgantara Indonesia president director Budi Santoso said.

Airbus Helicopters and Dirgantara Indonesia began their partnership in the 1970s to produce NBO-105 helicopters. The two companies are currently cooperating on 11 helicopter types for the country's presidential fleet, the Air Force, Army, Navy, National Police and National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas).

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