Department of National Defense Undersecretary for Finance, Ammunitions, Installations and Materiel Raymundo de Vera Elefante and Philippine Air Force Chief of Air Staff Major General Rozzano D. Briguez visited Indonesian Aerospace’s (PT. Dirgantara Indonesia) fixed wing airplane hangar in Bandung, Indonesia on Friday.
Indonesian Aerospace was contracted by the Philippine government, reported early 2014, to build two medium transport NC212i aircraft for Philippine Air Force.
According to Jakarta Post, Indonesian Aerospace commerce and restructuring director Budiman Saleh accompanied the two Filipino officials in their visit. The construction of said two aircraft was already completed, according to the Indonesian state-owned aircraft manufacturer.
“We can do it in affordable prices, and with no dependency to the US. You can also put Israeli technology inside,” Budiman said as quoted by Jakarta Post.
According to Budiman, delivery may take place next year after Filipino pilots complete all trainings needed.
“We will take it on time. Hopefully, it will arrive in the Philippines in the first semester [of 2017]. Our pilots will receive training this December,” Undersecretary Elefante said.
CASA C-212 Aviocar is a turboprop-powered short takeoff and landing (STOL) medium transport aircraft designed and built by CASA in Spain. Construcciones Aeronáuticas SA (CASA) became a subsidiary of European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) in 1999 as EADS CASA, and in 2009 EADS CASA was absorbed by Airbus Military.
At present, C-212s are also produced under licence in Indonesia by Indonesian Aerospace under NC212 family.