Indonesia plans to start producing indigenous N219 amphibian aircraft by 2024

 

The N219 amphibious aircraft. Photo c/o BPPT Indonesia.


Indonesian aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) is aiming to start mass production the amphibious version of its indigenous N219 twin engine aircraft by 2024.


This was confirmed by PTDI’s Director of Technology and Development Gita Amperiawan, who also confirmed that the Indonesian Minister of Transportation asked about updates on the project.


PTDI has developed the standard take-off and landing version of the N219 aircraft and has recently being given type certification which would allow PTDI to start commercial production of the aircraft, although development of the N219 amphibious aircraft’s technology is still ongoing.


The N219 is a 19-seater, twin engine aircraft designed for multipurpose missions, and was designed to operate in and out of remote, semi-prepared airstrips. 


The aircraft was developed from PTDI’s experience in license production of the CASA C-212 Aviocar, and is expected to be slightly cheaper than other similar sized aircraft like the Viking DHC-6 Twin Otter.


Due to the archipelagic nature of the country, Indonesia is keen on using amphibious aircraft to reduce reliance on airport infrastructure, and easily reach islands and tourist destinations that are inaccessible to airports.


The standard and amphibious versions of the N219 aircraft is also being eyed by the Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI) for military utility and transportation requirements, as well as for special missions including search and rescue (SAR) and maritime patrol. 




[1] Antara News

[2] The Jakarta Post


Indonesia plans to start producing indigenous N219 amphibian aircraft by 2024 Indonesia plans to start producing indigenous N219 amphibian aircraft by 2024 Reviewed by Asia Pacific Defense Journal on February 24, 2021 Rating: 5

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