Indonesia, while still rated as one of the world's less-developed countries, has a flourishing aircraft industry which makes it South East Asia's largest aircraft assembling and manufacturing nation.
SV The Case-212 Aviocar fixed-wing aircraft (2 shots)
SV Other locally-built aircraft (2 shots)
SV Indonesians working on plane construction, interior and exterior (8 shots)
GTV Helicopters under construction
MV Indonesians working on helicopter construction (3 shots)
GV PAN Completed helicopters on tarmac
SCU Working watching aircraft being prepared for test
GV Helicopter on test
In addition to Saudi Arabia, other countries which have shown interest in Indonesian aircraft are Thailand, the Philippines and Malaysia.
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Background: Indonesia, while still rated as one of the world's less-developed countries, has a flourishing aircraft industry which makes it South East Asia's largest aircraft assembling and manufacturing nation.
SYNOPSIS: This is the CASH C-212 Aviocar fixed-wing aircraft, manufactured in Indonesia under an agreement with Spanish and German aircraft manufacturers. The machines are assembled by the state-run Nurtanio Aircraft Industry, using German, Spanish and American components, and an increasing number of locally manufactured parts. The Nurtanio plant employs more than 1,300 local people at the moment, and as its output increases, it is expected that the workforce in the Indonesian aircraft industry could rise as high as 10-thousand. The CASA C-212, developed along the lines of a mini-Hercules C-130, has attracted international attention, and Saudi Arabia has already put in an order for forty of the planes.
The other important advance made in the Indonesian aircraft industry has been the development of the BO-105 twin-engined helicopter. This light utility helicopter has a maximum airspeed of 270 kilometres-an-hour (165 m.p.h.) and a normal operating range of 600 kilometres (370 miles), which can be extended to over a thousand kilometres (600 miles) with the addition of extra fuel tanks. The BO-105 is already in service with the Indonesian army, used mostly for patrolling the remote jungle border between Irian Jaya and Papua New Guinea.
The Indonesian Government is giving full support to the developing Nurtanio aircraft industry. Their intention is both to make the country less dependent on overseas suppliers, and to provide more employment for local people in technology.