PT Dirgantara has signed a new agreement to acquire 11 Airbus
Helicopters AS565 MBe Panthers for use in naval anti-submarine warfare missions. Deliveries of the new rotorcraft are scheduled within three years, according to Airbus
Helicopters. Among the mission equipment included on the new rotorcraft will be the Helicopter Long-Range Active Sonar (HELRAS) dipping sonar and torpedo launching system.
“The Panther now becomes one of the world’s most capable light/medium anti-submarine warfare platforms, with an advanced ASW suite and the capability to operate from corvettes or small frigates,” said Philippe Monteux, head of region south east Asia and Pacific at Airbus Helicopters.