On March 10, 2023, the Philippine Air Force (PAF) signed a contract with PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) to purchase six NC212i aircraft, marking a significant development in the two countries' defense relationship. This contract follows an earlier contract in 2014, and also includes a maintenance agreement for two NC212i aircraft previously purchased by the Department of National Defense (DND) and operated by the PAF.
The NC212i is a multi-purpose aircraft designed and manufactured by PTDI, a state-owned aerospace company based in Bandung, West Java. It has been used by several countries, including Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. This aircraft is equipped with sophisticated avionics and cockpit, making it safe for the crew and passengers. It can serve a variety of operations, such as cargo and troop transportation, medical evacuation, maritime patrol, and surveillance.
The procurement of the NC212i aircraft is part of the Philippines ongoing efforts to modernize its armed forces and enhance its defense capabilities, especially given the escalating geopolitical tensions in the Asia-Pacific region. The purchase of aircraft from Indonesia is expected to strengthen defense cooperation between the two countries and promote their strategic partnership, highlighting the potential for further cooperation in the defense industry and aerospace technology.
The purchase of the NC212i by the Philippines from Indonesia is a significant step forward in the defense alliance between the two countries and also underscores Indonesia's growing reputation as a leading manufacturer of military-grade aircraft and emphasizes the importance of regional security cooperation in enhancing stability and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region.