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The immortal Aviocar C-212 is still in production 50 years after the first flight

The historic Spanish design of transport aircraft is still in full force, as evidenced by the recent delivery of a new NC212i to the Indonesian Ministry of Defense by state-owned PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI), which took over after the model ceased production in Spain 2013 the Bandung plant (West Java-Indonesia).

Almost 50 years after the first flight of the CASA C-212 on March 26, 1971 in Getafe (Madrid), PT Dirgantara Indonesia announced on January 26 that it had delivered the first of nine NC212i aircraft ordered by the country. Of course, this prototype of the 100 series has evolved significantly to the current Asian model (this is the improved version of the C-212-400), but the Indonesian Air Force is looking for the same concept: a simple and cheap transport aircraft to work with and very robust full capacity for unprepared slopes

The troop carrier was delivered on a ferry flight from the hangar of the PTDI delivery center in Bandung, West Java, to the Abdulrachman Saleh Air Force base in Malang, East Java on the same day, the company said in a statement that the new platform will be the Assigned to the 4th squadron of the 2nd wing of TNI-AU, which has its headquarters at this airfield.

The aircraft is part of an order from the Indonesian Ministry of Defense, which was formalized in Jakarta on December 29, 2017 and consists of nine NC212i aircraft in various configurations. “Of the nine aircraft, four are available in a troop transport configuration, four in a configuration for photographic reconnaissance and artificial rain and one in a configuration for navigation training,” explained M. Ridlo Akbar, production manager at PTDI. The remaining eight NC212i aircraft will be “phased out”, he added.

The Indonesian Air Force currently has 9 more NC212 in action, which they use specifically for sanitary evacuation tasks on the approximately 17,500 islands in the territory. The country’s navy also operates 14 units in various configurations, including 3 for naval patrol, while Army Aviation uses 6 more for transport and parachute missions.

The NC212i is 16.5 m long, 6.6 m high and has a wingspan of 20.28 m. It can carry 25 paratroopers (plus two crew members) or 2.8 tons of cargo. The aircraft, with a maximum range of 2,680 km, is powered by two Garrett AiResearch TPE331-10R-513C turbo engines, each capable of generating up to 671 kW. The aircraft’s maximum cruising speed is 370 km / h with an operating limit of 7,925 meters. (Julio Maz Sanz)

Photo: Image of the above NC212i, delivered to TNI-AU on January 26th. (PTDI photo)

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