Aircraft Industry

Aircraft Industry

ITS–The Indonesian aircraft industry celebrated a milestone on August 10, 1995 when the Indonesian State Aircraft Industry (IPTN), chaired by B.J.Habibie, Indonesia’s State Minister of Research and Technology, successfully launched the first flight of the N-250 in Bandung, West Java. It was the first aircraft designed and built exclusively by Indonesian engineers, structural designers, and technicians.
The IPTN was established in April 1976 by presidential decree. With its headquarters in Bandung, West Java, the IPTN aims to lead the country into a new era of aviation industry. During the last 24 years of its existence, the IPTN has successfully brought to Indonesia the latest in sophisticated aviation technology, mostly from the Western Hemisphere. In particular, the IPTN has mastered aircraft design, development, and manufacturing in small to medium regional commuters.
In facing the new global market, the IPTN upgraded to ‘’IPTN 2000’’ with an emphasis on implementing new business-oriented strategies to meet the current situation with a brand new structure.
The restructuring program includes business reorientation, rightsizing to better match human resources with work demand, and sound project capitalization based on a more focused market strategy and business mission.
PT IPTN is now selling its redundant capabilities in the area of engineering by offering design and testing services, manufacturing of aircraft and non-aircraft components, and sales services. As a result of this expansion, the name IPTN was changed to PT DIRGANTARA INDONESIA, or Indonesian Aerospace (IAE), which was officially inaugurated by the President of the Republic of Indonesia, KH. Abdurrahman Wahid, in Bandung on August 24, 2000.
Indonesia Aerospace covers an area of 8,698 hectares. The backbone of production is sustained by 232 high-tech machines and advanced pieces of equipment. Apart from these, there are numerous auxiliary pieces of high-tech equipment utilized throughout the various assembly lines, laboratories, and service and maintenance units, located mainly in Bandung.
Indonesian Aerospace restructured the company by changing the board of directors and reducing its workforce from 9,670 to 4,000. The Indonesian government, through the Indonesian Bank Restructuring Agency, agreed to hold a 92.9% share in the IAE. In November 2006, Indonesian Aerospace signed an MOU with EADS to produce 60 units of CASA 212-400, worth $480 million, over a 5-year period. IAE also worked on several orders to deliver CN-235 to the Pakistani Air Force, Malaysian Air Force, and the Government of Thailand. In addition, IAE is set to deliver three Marine Patrol Aircraft (MPAs) and 16 Super Puma helicopters to the Indonesian Air Force and six MPAs and five helicopters to the Indonesian Navy. Besides manufacturing aircraft, IAE has contracts to manufacture parts for BAE and Airbus Industries.

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