PTDirgantara Indonesia (Indonesian Aerospace) today announced that the 2 light lift fixed-wing NC-212i aircraft ordered by Philippine government for Philippine Air Force (PAF) took off from Husein Sastranegara International Airport in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia for Clark International Airport in Pampanga for delivery.
Ferry flight pesawat NC212i ke Filipina dari Bandara Internasional Husein Sastranegara menuju Bandara Internasional Clark, Filipina. Pesawat NC212i untuk Angkatan Udara Filipina ini rencananya akan tiba di Filipina pada tanggal 11 Juni 2018.#PTDI #NC212i #FerryFlight pic.twitter.com/Pr6V33HYI4
— Dirgantara Indonesia (@officialptdi) June 8, 2018
Basing on the statement of the Indonesian aircraft manufacturer, an arrival event is scheduled on June 11.
These aircraft will serve in the Philippine Air Force under 220th Airlift Wing.
The Philippine government contracted Indonesian Aerospace to build two NC-212i aircraft in January 2014. The delivery was delayed due to an issue between Indonesian Aerospace and the contracted autopilot supplier.
“The NC212i aircraft can be used strategically for producing artificial rain, maritime patrol and coast guard patrol. It can also be utilized for the following missions: passenger and troop transport, cargo/logistic transport, anti-smuggling control, immigration control, search and rescue, paratroop dropping, and medical evacuation,” PAF said.
“Compared to the previous NC212, the new model has a carrying capacity of 28 passengers, a digital avionic and next generation autopilot. It features a ramp access, next generation navigation and communication system, as well as, cheaper operational cost. Moreover, the said aircraft is capable of taking-off and landing on unpaved runway,” PAF added.
PAF also noted that though it has been using the previous generation aircraft which is the C212, this is the “first Indonesian aircraft ordered by the Philippines and is the latest generation of the NC212.”
Sources: https://twitter.com/officialptdi/status/1005004007369129984; https://www.paf.mil.ph/press/2016/nc212i.html