MELBOURNE (Australia), March 13, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova (Bm), Photo by Africandefence.net
If the Ministry of State-Owned Enterprises of Indonesia purchases two Airbus A400M airlifters, the country will become the second one in Asia that operates such four-engine turboprop military transport aircrafts after Malaysia that has four of the kind, reported DefenseNews.com.
On 7th March, representatives of the Indonesian Air Force stated that the new acquisition is intended for the needs of PT PPI (PT Perusahaan Perdagangan Indonesia) – the leading state-owned company engaged in the field of domestic and international trade, known as Persero as well. Under a unique contract, the A400Ms will be flown and maintained by crews of the Air Force.
Persero is a trading company and its main business activities cover export, import, and transport of various types of goods throughout the inhabited Indonesian islands, which are more than 6,000. Thanks to the new airlifters, the remote regions of the archipelago could be more easily reached and this will lead to decrease of prices there as well.
The Airbus A400M transport aircrafts were developed by Airbus Defence and Space (formed as a result of the merger of the former Airbus Military, Astrium, and Cassidian divisions of EADS – European Aeronautic Defence and Space) as tactical airlifters with strategic capabilities. Except for transportation, the A400M may be used for medical evacuation and aerial refuelling if additionally appropriately equipped. In terms of size, they are between the C-130 and the C-17. Compared to the C-130, A400Ms may be used for heavier loads.