Bandung: The Indonesian government continues to expand export products to non-traditional markets, one of which is the Nepalese market. Indonesia sold one CN235-220 aircraft made by PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PT DI) to Nepal.
"The use of an Indonesian produced aircraft by the Nepalese Army has further strengthened the world’s confidence in the work of the Indonesian people," said PTDI President Director, Elfien Goentoro, quoted from a Foreign Ministry statement received by Medcom.id on Thursday, 31 October 2019.
The aircraft, valued at USD30.5 million, is used as a multipurpose transport. This aircraft is scheduled to arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal on 2 November 2019.
Delivery of this aircraft is the result of a contract between the two countries signed in 2017 in Kathmandu.
Nepal's trust in the aircraft made by PT DI became stronger when the Nepalese Army visited Bandung last September. Nepal also intends to order a second plane from PT DI.
Besides Nepal, PT DI is producing several aircraft for other countries, such as Senegal and Thailand.
The purchase of this aircraft was financed through the Indonesian Export Financing Institution (LPEI) program. This is an Indonesian Government program that supports strengthening export financing.
The sale of the CN-235 is increasing the promotion of national strategic industries to compete in international markets according to the instructions of the President of Indonesia. In addition to PT DI, several other State-Owned Enterprises (BUMN) is also conducting a number of project discussions with countries in the Asia Pacific and African region, including, PT. Waskita Karya, PT. INKA, PT. Pindad, PT. LEN, Perum Peruri, PT Pelindo II and PT. GMF Aero Asia.