The only state-run aircraft manufacturer in Indonesia, PT Dirgantara Indonesia (DI) delivered an NC212i Troop Transport aircraft, ordered by the Defense Ministry, for the Indonesian Air Force.
The light military transport aircraft will be used by Air Squadron 4, Air Wing 2 headquartered at the Abdulrachman Saleh Air Force Base. Among the domestic users of NC212i besides the Indonesian Air Force, Army, Navy, the Indonesian Police, it is also used for civilan urposes by Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT).
The aircraft can be designated for many purposes, such as a passenger/military transport, and Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA). Thailand used the aircraft for military transport and weather control, while the Philippines and Vietnam used it for military transport. The aircraft can be suited to many needs, either it is for passenger transport, military, weather control and for research purposes. The flexibility makes it profitable for many agencies to change the purposes based on their needs.
The NC212i, measuring 16.5 meters long and 6.6 meters tall, has a wingspan of 20.28 meters. It has a capacity to carry 25 persons and two crew members or 2.8 tons of cargo.
The aircraft is powered by two Garrett AiResearch TPE331-10R-513C turboprop engines, with a maximum power of 671 kW each. The maximum cruise speed of the aircraft is 370 kilometers per hour at up to 7,925 meters height and a maximum range of 2,680 kilometers.
Since seven years ago, PTDI is the only aircraft manufacturer in the world that has produced NC212i airplane. So far it has delivered 450 aircraft and helicopters for domestic and foreign customers.